COMMENT: Did Ramahlwe Mphahlele leave Sundowns for Kaizer Chiefs at the WRONG time?

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It's almost every player's dream to play in the Soweto Derby, but nothing beats a collection of gold medals

When Ramahlwe Mphahlele left Mamelodi Sundowns for Kaizer Chiefs in 2016, the Tshwane giants were already campaigning in the Caf Champions League

The move to the Soweto giants was no doubt important to him as a player and on a personal level, and no one can question Mphahlele's reasons to dump the Brazilians for Amakhosi. 

However, given Sundowns' success since he left, one could ask if the 28-year-old's move came at the right time, especially looking at Amakhosi's lack of success in the last three seasons.

Seeing your former team win trophies left, right and centre when you must be one of the most difficult moments, and perhaps this is how 'Rama' feels right now. 

While they might be little regrets or no regrets at all since his move to Chiefs, the fact that he hasn't won a major trophy with them makes it a bit awkward. 

Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Mamelodi Sundowns

Since Mphahlele's departure from the Chloorkop-based side in 2016, Sundowns have lifted three major trophies and have gone on to present Africa at the Fifa Club World Cup; a rare ocassion for any South African club. 

Perhaps Rama's move to Chiefs was ill-timed - it came at a time when they were going through transition, and he couldn't have imagined that there will be no success at all. 

Of course there are no guarantees of trophies when joining another team, and Mphahlele couldn't have known that Chiefs would struggle after his second year with them. 

Success in terms of trophies may come at a later stage for Chiefs and Mphahlele, but he may not have the honour of doing it in similar style had he stayed at Sundowns as he was their captain. 

Mphahlele is a leader of note, and no one can question his performances for all the clubs he played for, but his decision to leave Sundowns for Chiefs when the Tshwane giants were certainly on the rise, is questionable. 

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The 28-year-old can take solace from the fact that he managed to walk into the Amakhosi starting line-up with ease, and even when he was out injured, he knew that his place was safe.

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He also kept his place in the Bafana Bafana team; something that a different player would lost after moving to a new club, especially a club as big as Chiefs.  

In as much as footballers in the PSL want to play in the Soweto Derby match between Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, the Brazilians' success over the last five years coupled with the two Soweto giants' little success, shows that the Soweto Derby spectacle isn't everything.  

Perhaps, he should waited a little bit to see if Chiefs were what he really wanted in terms of ambition and ability to win trophies and be dominant the domestic league. 

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