Grant Kekana is pleased with his great start at Mamelodi Sundowns since joining the side from cross-town rivals, SuperSport United.
The 28-year-old defender has started in the last five games for the DStv Premiership defending champions and he has been a solid rock at the back, helping ‘Bafana Ba Style’ keep four clean sheets in the process.
He scored his first goal of the season in the Brazilians colours in their 2-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs.
Kekana’s stellar performances left co-coach Rulani Mokwena full of praise for the Limpopo-born footballer.
“When you look at Grant’s educational background and his upbringing, you can see how he carries himself in the changing room and how he goes about trying to get the best from his teammates. In relation to his performance, he is not a selfish person. He is extremely selfless, and works extremely hard for the team,” said Mokwena.
The former University of Pretoria player also reflected on his impressive partnership with the in-form centre-back Rushine De Reuck.
“The integration with Rushine De Reuck has been good, we’ve worked a whole lot – especially during the pre-season and also during training sessions. What I enjoy the most about the position that I am playing and the role that I’ve been given is the fact that I am able to also show my leadership skills. I am able to read the game and start the attack from the back which is something that’s a bit new to me but definitely something that I am enjoying,” said Kekana.
‘Zeda’, as he is popularly known within football cycles, spoke about what he is enjoying most about settling into his new role at Masandawana.
“We are all just getting to integrate, obviously everyone else has been here longer than me but they’ve made me feel like I’ve always been a part of them which is good. We all know our roles and what’s expected of us, so whoever gets the opportunity to play will always grab it with both hands,” he added.
He went on to commend his teammates for helping him settle in quickly at Chloorkop: “My relationship with my new teammates is good, everyone has welcomed me well. We have jokers in the team, I’ll give that one to Denis Onyango, Kennedy Mweene and Brian Onyango, before training they always get us in a good mood with a good laugh, that helps us to forget whatever problems we might be having. I’ve [also] been fortunate enough to have played with Kermit [Erasmus], Reyaad [Pieterse], George [Maluleka] and Aubrey [Modiba] before.”
In his closing remarks, Kekana added: “My personal goal this season with Masandawana is to challenge for everything, give my all whenever given the opportunity to play and just keep pushing and reaching for the sky because The Sky is The Limit.”
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By FARPost Reporter