Local News 8.8.2016 11:42 am

Kekana named new Sundowns captain

Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns. Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Mamelodi Sundowns have named Hlompho Kekana as the new club captain.

Kekana takes over the captain’s armband from Ramahlwe Mphahlele who joined rivals Kaizer Chiefs during the current transfer period.

The hardworking midfielder says he is looking forward to leading the Brazilians this season.

“Being appointed captain of Mamelodi Sundowns is just a title bestowed on me, as the team is made up of many good leaders who will be surrounding me, who I would want to lead any time,” Kekana told the club’s website.

“What is important is how you respond, as I know that I will be working with professionals and we all have a common goal – to win trophies for Mamelodi Sundowns. It will be a massive experience for me and will require of me to be level-headed and always be the best I can be and work with my team-mates for the success of the club.”

Kekana admitted that the appointment caught him by surprise.

“I really did not see this coming. I know that I am an emotional player and have invested my soul in football. I always want to win and this is the spirit in the rest of the team. I have done much behind the scenes in terms of leadership.

“As individuals, we might have differing opinions about issues, but in the end our common goal as players dictates what we need to do, and we are looking at challenging for trophies. Our goal right now is to win the Caf Champions League.”

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