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By Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Football Journalist

Mphela on becoming a car salesman after hanging up soccer boots

"It’s just that I am not playing football anymore," said the former Bafana striker.

Former Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mphela has been a person of interest in the last few days following his new venture into the motor industry.

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Like many other former footballers, Mphela has opted to find a job since retiring in 2017 with the last team he played for being Royal Eagles.

Mphela, affectionately known as “Killer” because of his prowess in front of goals, is one of the best strikers to have come out of the country.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, and SuperSport United goal-poacher was recently in an interview on Metro FM, where he revealed that he got a learnership with VW and will be looking to work his way up in order to be permanently employed. 

“I am not officially employed. I am still in a learnership program. As you know, the motor industry is not as easy as people think, it’s a bit difficult. Just like when I started playing soccer, you don’t go straight to the first team. So, they also want to see if I can reach the targets and we will take it from there,” said Mphela in an interview with the station.

While many believe Mphela was forced to find a job because he was down and out, the former striker says that he has been living an easy life, and it is just that lifestyle hasn’t been the same because he is no longer earning like he used to when he was actively playing football.

“I am living a comfortable life, it’s just that I am not playing football anymore and I am not earning the same money I used to earn. And obviously, I am not going live the same lifestyle I used to live before, but I am comfortable, I am just an ordinary guy,” he added.

Now at the age of 38-years old, Mphela’s professional football career began when he was only 19-years old at Jomo Cosmos, before moving on to other clubs. He represented Bafana at the Fifa Confederation Cup where he scored probably one of his best goals ever against Spain beating Iker Casillas from a long-range free-kick.

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He also played at the 2008 Caf Africa Cup of Nations and the 2013 edition of the continental tournament as well as the 2010 Fifa World Cup. 

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