Once revered South African striker Katlego Mphela may find himself out in the cold after failing to impress the technical team of Polokwane City Football Club during his recent one week trial at the club. This after he also didn’t make the grade during trials at the University of Pretoria last month.
In his career, 30-year-old Mphela has played for Jomo Cosmos, RC Strasbourg and Stade Reims in France, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns. He put himself on the map during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup match against Spain when he beat Iker Casilas, then hailed the number goal keeper in the world, with a powerful free kick.
Chief Operations Officer at Polokwane City, Tincy Tema said the reason why they could not sign him is that he failed to impress the technical team. “We were hoping to sign him but he did not pass the selection criteria. He is a good player but he does not fit our style of play,” he said.
Tema said the team was in good condition ahead of their first match of the 2015/16 Premier Soccer League Season which commences on 8 August when they will host Bloemfontein Celtic at old Peter Mokaba Stadium.
“We are ready for the new season; the aim is to start well and finish well. We believe with the team we have assembled this season we will be able to achieve that,” Tema said.
Tema also informed that the entire team had joined in a visit to the Polokwane Welfare Complex on Friday as part of Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebrations.