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Is Old Mphela The Same As Young 'Killer'?

Kingston Nkhatha believes that Katlego Mphela can still score goals. I read the latest edition of the paper (885) and he said, “Don’t anyone forget we still have ‘Killer’ Mphela and everybody knows what he can do. It is just a matter of time before he regains his goalscoring form.”

With that said, Mphela's advancing age, and at times questionable lifestyle off the pitch, seems to have slowed him down as a striker. In other words, it looks like his older body isn't as fast and explosive as it needs to be to take those half-chances like he used to. 

The evidence in this regard is strong - in 2009/10 he hit 17 goals in 30 games for a 57% strike-rate. In 2010/11 he fired in 13 goals in 22 appearances at 59%. The next season in 2011/12 he got 10 goals in 25 matches again at a good strike rate. 

It was from 2012/13 where his numbers started to drop alarmingly. He scored just three times in 16 games that year. In 2013/14 he hardly played making just five substitute appearances as he scored twice. 

Last year for Chiefs he grabbed three goals in 11 matches for a below-par 27% strike percentage. Perhaps damningly, the Bafana Bafana hitman is yet to appear for the Amakhosi in '14/15 as well.

There is a well-known adage in football that goes, 'If you can't run, you can't play?' There's been enough evidence to suggest that 'Killer's' legs are going, and this is a worrying sign for us as the Amakhosi faithful.

Have your say - Is ‘Killer’ the same player at 29 as he was when he was in his early 20s? Or, has age caught up with him and affected his game?


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