According to a report in one of KwaZulu-Natal newspapers, when Mphela was replaced in the second half, he was so angry he kicked chairs before disappearing to the change rooms to never return again.
The report further states that Mphela did however shake the coach’s hand before kicking the chairs and running off the field.
Eagles team manager, Richard Makhoba, said the incident was not a sign of disrespect from Mphela, but that of his frustration at not being able to help the team by scoring goals.
“There is no tension at all between Mphela and the coach. Mphela’s reaction was more to do with being frustrated at not being able to score than being substituted. As it is now, Mphela is working hard at training as he has committed himself to helping the team gain promotion to the PSL,” said Makhoba.
Mphela has so far scored four goals for Eagles this season. Eagles are up against Black Leopards on Saturday afternoon and Mphela will be hoping to end his non-scoring spell in Polokwane.