Katlego Mphela arrested for drunk driving

South Africa striker Katlego Mphela was arrested for drunk

driving in an upscale Johannesburg neighborhood, police spokesman

Col. Lungelo Dlamini said Tuesday.

Mphela, who scored the winning goal against Egypt on Saturday in

an African Cup of Nations qualifier, was arrested early Monday

after celebrating the win, according to Glyn Binkin, the player’s


Mphela was driving from a late-night snack when police pulled

him over for a routine stop, Binkin said.

”He’s obviously disappointed about what transpired, but he also

believed he was under the limit or he would not have taken the

irresponsible action of driving when he didn’t feel he was able to

drive,” Binkin told The Associated Press.

Mphela acted drunk when they pulled him over at about 5 a.m., so

police brought him to the station for four hours until he was sober

enough to be released, Dlamini said.

Mphela scored three minutes into injury time to give South

Africa a 1-0 win over Egypt on Saturday. Mphela will appear in

court in October.

In February 2010, South Africa captain Steven Pienaar was

arrested in Britain after he was caught driving under the influence

of alcohol following Everton’s 3-1 win over Manchester United. He

pleaded guilty and was banned from driving for 12 months.

Another South Africa international, defender Bryce Moon, faces

drunk driving and culpable homicide charges after the car he was

driving struck and killed a female pedestrian in 2009. The accident

happened in Sandton – the same Johannesburg suburb as Mphela’s


Charges against the 24-year-old right back were initially

dropped but then reinstated in January. Moon’s case will go to

trial in June.

AP Sports Writer Gerald Imray contributed to this report.