Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana is confident they can survive without Khama Billiat and Percy Tau
Posted: 20 July 2018 Time: 20:30
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana believes they will still be a strong side without the services of Khama Billiat and Percy Tau.
Billiat completed a move to Kaizer Chiefs not so long ago, while Tau’s move to English Premier League side Brighton Hove & Albion was confirmed on Friday afternoon by the club. Tau, the reigning PSL Footballer of the Season, will be loaned out in the coming season.
Sundowns began life without the duo in their CAF Champions League group stage match against Togolese outfit AS Togo-Port and lost the encounter 1-0. The result had many questioning whether they will be able to cope without their former stars.
Having previously lost the likes of Bongani Zungu, Katlego Mphela, Teko Modise and Keagan Dolly, Kekana says the club is now to used to such a situation because this is football and players come and go.
"I've seen Sundowns losing top players before. I got to Sundowns when we lost 'Killer' Mphela and I was so worried," Kekana told the media during the Under-21 SAB League National Champs gala dinner in Greyville yesterday.
"But we ended up winning the league that season. We lost Teko Modise [to Cape Town City] after winning the CAF Champions League and we won the league.
"We won the league after we lost 'Mzi' Mashaba and them.
"And for me it’s always the principle we need to really apply; to represent the club, the badge and do well for the club. It’s something I can't complain about."
Sundowns have bolstered their squad by signing Andile Jali, Toni Silva, Lyle Lakay, Jose Ali Meza and young talented defender Tristan Moses.