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Mphela returns to training after Motsepe meeting

[Posted 18 Feb 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Mphela ends exile, returns to training with Sundowns

Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Katlego Mphela finally ended his self-imposed 'exile' from the team and joined the rest of his team mates at training this week following a meeting with club President Patrice Motsepe on Monday.

Mphela had stopped training with Sundowns in an attempt to force the club to accept an offer for him from Serbian club Partizan Belgrade, which his club turned down in January.

Motsepe, who had repeatedly refused to meet with the player, returned from overseas and held a clear-the-air meeting with the former Supersport United striker, in which both parties appeared to have resolved to end the impasse.

Details of what Mphela and the club President discussed remain sketchy at this stage, but it appears that Mphela was pleased with assurances from the Motsepe that he would be allowed to go at the end of the season should an acceptable offer be presented to the club.

Both sides of the story have confirmed that the problems between the club and its player have been solved.

"Katlego wanted to know where he stood [with the club] and we're happy that this has been resolved," Glyn Binkin, Mphela's agent said.

"He has apologised for the misunderstanding and the real winner in this case is football," added Mphela's agent.

Motsepe himself appears have come to accept that Mphela needs to be allowed to develop his career away from Sundowns sooner rather than later.

"Football is a short career and we must all support Katlego to perform well for Sundowns and Bafana Bafana as well as help him find a good and reputable club in Europe," were the words of Motsepe following his meeting with Mphela.

Mphela will however, still face the music for being absent from work without official leave (AWOL), and details of the disciplinary steps to be taken will be revealed later by the club

The Bafana Chief striker has been the subject of many offers from European clubs between 2009 and end of 2010. Birmingham of England's Barclays Premiership and Russian Premier League club Terek Grozny have also had offers for Mphela rejected by Sundowns in 2010.

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