By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE president of Mamelodi Sundowns has made it clear that the club’s wayward striker, Katlego “Killer” Mphela will never play for his club.
Speaking from the club’s head quarters in Chloorkop near Thembisa this earlier today, Motsepe said he has come to term with the fact that Mphela has excluded himself as part of the team.
“It is a fact that I have come to peace with the fact that Mphela is no longer Sundowns player, and he is free to leave the club,” said Motsepe.
The no-nonsense Motsepe added that it was not in the interest of Sundowns to stand on the way of players who need to leave the club for greener pastures overseas, but stressed that the correct channels need to be followed.
“I actually encouraged Mphela to go overseas after the 2009 Confederations Cup, and even after the 2010 World Cup when we were at the verge of signing one of Africa’s top striker whom we have been closely monitoring for 18 months to replace Mphela, however the deal was cancelled after my technical team advised me to stick with the locals. It is a fact that Mphela needs help so that he can move on with his career, and we are going to do that via a disciplinary hearing which will purely based on helping him to achieve that,” added Motsepe.
Mphela who is still missing from the club has a four year contract with the Brazilians, but Motsepe said they rather lose the money that to rely on a player who has proved that his heart is no longer with the club.
“By releasing calling Mphela to a disciplinary hearing and letting him go, we will be sending a strong message to other players that we at Sundowns will not tolerate bad behaviour, and that is exactly what we have also done with Lerato Chabangu when he was promised some huge incentive by other clubs back then,” said Motsepe.
Sundowns who are fourth on the Absa Premiership log is expected to play Santos in the Absa Premiership tomorrow at the Lucas Moripe Stadium at 3.30pm.