Since his well-tailored and brilliantly executed free-kick against Spain in the FIFA Confederations Cup third-place match in 2009, Katlego Mphela has not lost his appetite for goals. He has been, by miles, the most impressive player in the country’s Premier Soccer League and was the leading goalscorer for the league with 17 tallies. Doubted by critics when he was selected for the Confederations Cup in 2009, he quickly answered his detractors on the field with some good performances.
Katlego Mphela burst onto the senior national-team scene at the age of just 19, during a spell in the French league with Strasbourg, though his progress seems to have stalled in recent years. When on the top of his game, Mphela is a dangerous striker with a keen eye for goal and the ability to break down the most stubborn of defences. And at 25, he is still relatively young, and a lot will be expected from him as Benni McCarthy’s possible striking partner.