Kekana eyes 500 Downs appearances

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Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana has insisted that he still has a lot to prove as a football player.

The veteran midfielder who turns 35 on May 23 has enjoyed a trophy-laden career especially at Sundowns and former club SuperSport United.

While success at national team level has been limited, Kekana boasts of six Premier Soccer League (PSL) titles, winning four of them with the Brazilians and two at SuperSport.

A Caf Champions League title and Caf Super Cup triumph as well as a Nedbank Cup and two Telkom Knockout crowns have also decorated Kekana’s professional career.

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Having extended his Downs contract by four-years in March, Kekana feels he still has unfinished business despite being in the twilight zone of his career.

He has highlighted he wants to “continue breaking boundaries” in football as he rules out talk of retirement anytime soon, saying he could get into his 40s still as a player.

“Oh yes, I have goals that I’ve set for myself and a point to prove to myself. And one of the goals is simply to prove to any kid in the village who has a dream of becoming something in life, to have hope and courage to go for it. I would also want to continue to break the boundaries,” Kekana, who hails from Polokwane, told FARPost.

“I believe so [that I have already inspired and given hope to many kids in villages around South Africa and beyond], but for me it’s deeper than that. I still have things to prove to myself. For instance, let me see if I can be able to play until 49, let’s see if I can reach 500 Sundowns matches, let me see if I can go to the Champions League final again and, oh, the Club World Cup again.”

The former Black Leopards star has notched 313 appearances for Sundowns since joining the Chloorkop side from Bloemfontein Celtic in 2011.

If football is resumed and Sundowns are crowned champions, it would be Kekana’s seventh PSL title, a record he would share with teammates Denis Onyango and Anthony Laffor.

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By Michael Madyira

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