Kaizer Chiefs’ Ramahlwe Mphahlele grateful to Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 27: Bobby Motaung,Former Mamelodi Sundowns captain Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Steve Komphela during the Kaizer Chiefs Pre-season press conference at Kaizer Chiefs Village, Naturena on June 27, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Ramahlwe Mphahlele insists he did not feel undervalued at Mamelodi Sundowns and will always be grateful to Pitso Mosimane for the belief he showed in him.

Mphahlele recently traded Sundowns for Kaizer Chiefs following a five-year stint with the Brazilians, which included a loan spell at University of Pretoria in the 2012/2013 season.

The defender, who has penned a three-year deal at Naturena, says he did not take the decision lightly following protracted talks with both Absa Premiership giants.

“I didn’t feel undervalued. I just decided to make a decision that is good for me and my family. It was very important to think about the future, I had an offer from Belgium and a couple of others from elsewhere but you have to really think about how old you are. Do you really still want to go Belgium and make it a stepping stone? The ceiling is near and there is no stepping stone, you need to play, you need to enjoy football and be at a club where you can compete. I believe I have chosen the right club for me to compete and win trophies,” says Mphahlele.

“Obviously I am not one person who likes to be in the media all the time but in this job it will happen that I will be in the media because people want to know what is happening. For me there was a time when I felt people are writing a lot of things about me and the club and I didn’t like that but I had no control over that. There was a time when yes, I love this club so let me just sign and continue playing but that is when I decided to wait a little bit. It was very difficult to make this decision to make because I almost signed a new deal at Sundowns.”

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The 26-year-old adds: “I have a very good relationship with Pitso and it is very sad that I have left the club. He is one coach who believed in me more than I believed in myself and I will forever be grateful to him. Obviously I spoke to him and he would have loved me to stay and has wished me well. I know that he is not happy that I have left but this is football and transfers will happen which means we move on.”