Mphela failed to score the winning goal in the 2-2 draw as the Amakhosi's winning run came to an end in KwaZulu-Natal. The Mphela of old would have finished the opportunity, famous for the nickname 'Killer' due to his deadly, prolific scoring record.
However the striker's career went downhill over the last two years at Mamelodi Sundowns, and without adequate game time all season, Mphela was rusty when the opportunity fell to him late on.
“It was great. Chiefs is a big club and it was an awesome feeling playing in front of that big crowd. It won’t take me long to settle into the team, because I know some of the guys from the national team,” Mphela told Kickoff.
“As for the chance I got, my sharpness (lack of) was a big factor there. If I was sharp, that one could have gone in because I have scored most of my goals from that position," said Mphela.
Meanwhile, their opponents Maritzburg United's coach Steve Komphela has chosen Mandla Ncikazi as his new assistant coach, in place of Fadlu Davids who will now assist at Bloemfontein Celtic. Komphela has gained four points from his first two matches in charge of United, after taking over from Clinton Larsen.