Although this was just Phala’s second game for the national team, he displayed ambition going forward, and fought till the end as he kept supplying the strikers with incisive passes and crosses.
His performance has made his agent Tim Sukazi re-consider the offer of Platinum Stars of renewing the right winger’s contract which is due in July.
“I know that Platinum Stars have said that they want to renew his (Phala) contract but I will have to consider it. At the moment it is hard to confirm what will happen since he made the Bafana squad for the Afcon,” said Sukazi.
The agent confirmed that the manner of Phala's performance makes him confident that there will be plenty of offers.
“My first priority is the player’s growth and those are the things that we will be looking at. Surely with his great performance, he is most likely to even attract the international market. If that happens I think it will
be unfair of us to close the door for the player,” he said.
Sukazi pointed out that, the player’s game time is their top priority.
“We discuss that with the player, because for us it is all about ensuring that our players get as much game time as they can wherever they are so that they stay fit,” added Sukazi.
Phala’s hard work at Platinum Stars was what earned him a Bafana Bafana call up ahead of Teko Modise and Andile Jali. His agent said he hopes that the nation now understands why Gordon Igesund opted for him.
“For the first time the nation will surely understand why Phala deserves to be in the Afcon squad ahead of big names such as Modise and Jali,” he said.