'Killer' Mphela: I'm not finished

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The 30-year-old, who made just four League appearances during the season past, has left the club in search of regular game-time elsewhere.

Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung revealed that Mphela was let go after he was "called into a disciplinary hearing for failing to attend a number of important events".

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But Mphela says he wanted to leave anyway, reports Daily Sun.

"I actually wanted to leave Chiefs, my mind was made up a long time ago," he says. "I was not going to be anyone’s punching bag or second choice … I just wasn’t enjoying my football. I wanted to be number one and for that I needed to play.

"I’ve never had any bad relations or fought with any coach in my career. If I feel I have to go, then I have to go. There were times when Stuart Baxter played the 'false No 9' system and we were four strikers waiting to play, but not one of us played.

"Ultimately, things don’t go as planned but that’s football. If you go to Chiefs, you always have to be on top of your game. It just didn’t work out for me.

"It [leaving] has never been about money for me, I just want a chance to play. I want to join a team where I can start pre-season and showcase my abilities. If it was up to me, I’d say I’m better off at a smaller club where I can play regularly."

Mphela, who has 23 goals for Bafana Bafana, admits he has not given up on playing for the national team again.

He adds: "Also, I’m not finished at Bafana. I still have my goals there and I’m glad that coach Ephraim Mashaba is the type of coach who gives everyone a chance. Nobody had given Thamsanqa Gabuza a second thought two months ago."

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