With pundits still wondering about the future of former Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana, Rhulani Mokwena has come forward to give an update on what may happen with regards to Kekana's future.
The 35 years old midfielder who served the Brazilians for a very long time was completely frozen out of the Sundowns team, leading to them officially taking the tough decision to part ways with the Limpopo born player.
Indications were that Sundowns were prepared to loan him out for the season but Kekana himself would not want to leave Chloorkop, leading to speculation that he is set to take on another role at the club going forward.
This would be the same move that his former midfield partner Tiyani Mabunda hung up his boots to become an Ambassador for the club, having been exactly in the same situation with the Brazilians who were also prepared to send him away to another team too.
Now Mokwena has come to indicate that there were talks between Kekana on his future since he was confirmed to be no longer a Sundowns player. Mokwena however refrained from giving too much information on Kekana's next move, saying that the club would be communicating when the time is right.
“We love him. The club loves him. The fans love him. And I think the club will make a statement in due course. In that right, he deserves a lot of respect and honour which I am sure Mamelodi Sundowns will give the due diligence that he actually deserves,” added Mokwena.
On the issue of whether Kekana will announce his retirement and take on a job with the Brazilians, Mokwena insisted in keeping Kekana's next move a secret, however indicating that the club have held private talks with Kekana with regards to his future.
“It becomes a difficult question to answer because it’s not really about what we see. There is a lot of talks and discussions that we had in private,” Mokwena replied.And those are ours, [and] for us to keep private. I’m not going to confirm or deny anything at this moment out of respect for the legend Hlompho is.
Kekana joined the Brazilians in 2011 from Bloemfontein Celtic, going on to showcase his leadership skills and end up being the club's captain until his last game he featured for the Brazilians, although it is hard to remember as to when exactly his last game for Sundowns was.
The former Black Leopards midfielder who turned 36 in May made a reputable 235 appearances for the Brazilians, scoring 28 goals in the process in his trophy raining career at Chloorkop. He won the league title and the CAF Champions League amongst other domestic cups.
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