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Katlego Mphela Ready To Lead South Africa’s Attack

Katlego Mphela is ready to pick up the mantle as the leader of South Africa’s attack for the World Cup, he said.

After the surprise omission of the country’s all-time leading scorer Benni McCarthy from the 23-man squad, Mphela is the player the hosts will turn to for goals starting with Friday’s opening match against Mexico in Johannesburg.

“It does put a bit of pressure on my shoulders but I can handle it,” the Mamelodi Sundowns striker told Reuters in an interview.

Mphela has been the main frontman in South Africa’s recent warm-up matches.

“The coach (Carlos Alberto Perreira) plays me each game which means he has faith in me and believes in me,” said the 25-year-old. “It is up to me now to try and believe in myself and get more goals.

“I am feeling a lot more confident especially scoring right now before the World Cup. It has come at the right moment.”

Mphela has netted four times in his last three outings.

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