Hlompho Kekana wants Themba Zwane, Tiyani Mabunda stay at Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 12 December 2017 Time: 08:00
Mamelodi Sundowns skipper Hlompho Kekana is hopeful that midfield duo Themba Zwane and Tiyani Mabunda will pen new deals with the club.
A number of players are soon to enter into the final six months of their contracts at Chloorkop, making them free to engage in transfer talks with any interested clubs.
But with things beginning to take shape in The Brazilians’ Absa Premiership title charge, Kekana says it would be “heart-breaking” to lose influential personnel like when they lost Teko Modise at the end of last season.
“It’s important to keep your best players because you need them to be there for the team, especially if they have been with the team for quite some time,” Kekana tells KickOff.com.
“If we let them go now we will be shooting ourselves in the foot. So I would love to continue having them in the team in the coming season.
“We are now like brothers [in the team], we are no longer teammates. We understand each others' characters, and it’s more personal now than just being teammates.
“It would be heart-breaking, just like when we lost Modise. So we don’t want such things to happen. All we want is to keep them because they are important for the team.”
Downs currently top the standings after 11 games, and are playing catch-up due to their earlier commitments in the CAF Champions League.
‘Keke’ has stressed the importance of having the likes of Zwane and Mabunda remain focused during a critical phase of the campaign, and says he will continue playing his role as captain to ensure they stay calm amid contract talks.
“It’s always nice to step in and let them hear a different voice to the ones they hear in the boardroom. So I will try to make sure I keep them calm, especially in this situation of contracts because it can be an emotional thing,” he adds.
“It’s always good to keep them calm and make sure they are focused on the matches and leave the people responsible for the paperwork to do the business.
“At the moment they are responding really well. They are two players we really need to be settled down and I’m happy with their progress.”
Sundowns have three matches in the space of just six days as they take on Maritzburg United on Wednesday, Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday and Cape Town City next Tuesday.