New Downs man loves 'scoring goals'

Sekotlong was confirmed as a Sundowns player on Thursday, signing a five-year contract with the African champions who have also signed Razak Brimah, Oupa Manyisa and George Lebese recently. The 26-year-old will wear the number 37.

Sekotlong is from Mamelodi and thrilled to be back home, playing for one of the country’s biggest clubs.

“I have always been a big fan, since I was a little boy and supporting them at stadiums. My father is going to cry. I even had the Disprin jersey [used in the late 90s], so definitely it’s a proud moment,” Sekotlong said.

“Since leaving University of Pretoria [in 2013], I have always been away from home. So being back at home, especially at a team like Sundowns, means the most to me. It’s a dream come true. It’s a proud move for both me and my family.”

Sekotlong was released by Ea Lla Koto despite scoring seven goals in all competitions last season.

“It’s kind of funny. I was playing for Free State Stars. I did well in the first half of the season but I got injured. When we came back for pre-season, I travelled with the team with my injuries but not knowing what the problem was.

“Free State Stars decided to terminate my contract. Obviously I was clubless and I was looking for a team, so that’s when Sundowns came through to give me a chance. I did have other offers but I could not turn this one down because it’s an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Sekotlong is hoping to make a valuable contribution at the club, as they look to reclaim the Absa Premiership title.

“I am an explosive player. I am really good with making runs and I love scoring goals. I think I got a good technique on me and I can take free-kicks.”

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