Hlompho Kekana hopes to retire at Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 26 December 2017 Time: 14:00
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana says he is keen to prolong his stay at the club, and hopes to add many more winners’ medals to his current collection.
With loyalty in football a scarcity in the modern era, as players leap from club to club in search for greener pastures before disappearing into obscurity, Kekana is open to a long-term stay at Sundowns.
And, though he feels retirement is still a distant thought, the skipper, who turns 33 in 2018, admits the prospect of retiring with the Chloorkop-based outfit is an inviting one, as he continues to enjoy his time at the club.
"I still feel good at Sundowns. I’m 32 now, so I think I’m still too young to be thinking about retirement," Kekana tells KickOff.com.
"I’m still enjoying my football, I’m still enjoying the craziness of the players and I’m still enjoying the opportunity to be leading them as a captain.
"I’m glad they’re still allowing me to be myself, they’re allowing me to be the crazy person that I am, and I’ve been allowed to do crazy things with the ball.
"I’m always looking forward to training, and being at the club is still a really nice feeling."
With players often winding their careers down at so-called ‘small’ clubs, where they end up disappearing into obscurity, ‘Keke’ says he hopes to emulate the likes of Bidvest Wits winger Daine Klate by completing a clean sweep of all four domestic trophies, with only the MTN 8 ring missing from his personal cabinet.
"As a player, it’s always nice to win trophies; you can ask Daine Klate about that – he knows about winning every trophy in the PSL," he adds.
"For me, I would love to be like Daine by winning every trophy, and like any player who wants to keep on winning trophies.
"With a team like Mamelodi Sundowns, the expectations are always high and we want to win every match we play, so it would be nice for me to keep that hunger and desire to win."