'We thought Celtic would punish us'


Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Hlompho Kekana was happy to walk away with three points after admitting it's never easy playing away to Bloemfontein Celtic.

Goals from Mosa Lebusa and Themba Zwane guided Sundowns to a 2-1 victory in the Free State on Wednesday evening, but Kekana claims they had to respect their opponents on the day.

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“I should give credit to the boys, we came here and we fought. It was never going to be easy, coming here to Celtic, their supporters always push them,” Kekana told SuperSport TV.

“We knew we had to respect them in situations we thought they were going to punish us. They didn’t. We were fortunate we managed to score the goals today. We’re happy,” he continued.

“We try by all means to better our performances from each match we play, more than anything we try to respect each other and put the team first.”

The veteran midfielder went on to say that Lebusa was lucky he got to the end of his shot that came off the post but was not surprised at all by the goal.

“He was lucky, we spoke about it at training that whenever I take a shot, it [may] ricochet on somebody and they should try take advantage of those [situations]. If they react early, they will benefit from that. He did find it and it was goal that seemed like we planned it. We’re happy with the goal,” he said.