Ramahlwe Mphahlele is set to return to the scene of his professional debut at Ellis Park as Kaizer Chiefs tackle Sekhukhune United in their penultimate DStv Premiership encounter on Saturday afternoon.
During an interview with the Amakhosi media department, Mphahlele realised how far back his connection with Ellis Park, now known as the Emirates Airline Park, runs.
“I will share it [memory] with a few young boys [at Chiefs] to say this is where it all started for me in the Premier Soccer League (PSL),” said Mphahlele.
The short trip brings back good memories for Mphahlele, who, in this recollection, harkens back to his first visit to Ellis Park in Johannesburg, 15 years ago as a teenager.
It is the ground where he made his maiden appearance in South Africa’s topflight in the colours of Moroka Swallows as a 17-year-old against Orlando Pirates during the 2006/7 season.
“I have a lot of fond memories of Ellis Park. That’s where I made my first debut against a star-studded Pirates with [Gift] Leremi [Benedict] Vilakazi and [Excellent] Walaza”,” recalls Mphahlele.
“We won that game 1-0, and I provided the assist. I was still in high school in grade 10, a kid, so it’s a very special place for me.
“I was playing for Swallows, and it was a night game. I remember it very well, so it’s a special place for me and obviously with the Ellis Park tragedy that happened. Whenever we go there as a club, there are memories. So, I am personally excited to go there,” concluded the Amakhosi defender.
Mphahlele, a former Bafana Bafana international, has made over 315 appearances in all competitions, with two DStv Premiership titles to his name.