Kekana edges closer to PSL’s most decorated

Telkom Knockout

Mamelodi Sundowns skipper Hlompho Kekana is edging closer to the PSL's most decorated player and has commented on the task that awaits them against Maritzburg United.

Kekana is in line for a milestone 11th career trophy as he gears up for this evening's Telkom Knockout final at Moses Mabhida Stadium against Maritzburg.

The 34-year-old has thus far won 10 titles overall, including six Absa Premiership titles, a Telkom Knockout cup, a Nedbank Cup, the CAF Champions League and the CAF Super Cup over the course of the last 10-and-a-half years.

The Zebediela-born midfielder would thus edge closer to retired former SuperSport United teammate Daine Klate's haul of 14 career trophies, but would surpass the likes of Kaizer Chiefs legends Arthur Zwane and Brian Baloyi, who both amassed 10 trophies in their careers.

Former Chiefs star Thabo Mooki is the next target for the esteemed servant of the game, having won 13 titles in the PSL era between 1997 and 2008.

Meanwhile, Kekana is wary of the threat posed by the Team of Choice, who are beaming with confidence after eliminating Amakhosi in the previous round of the TKO, and has highlighted The Brazilians' responsibility to bag their first domestic cup since 2015.

"It's going to be a big occasion for the club. I think we're very happy to have finally reached the final, and as a team we're going to try by all means to win the trophy," said Kekana.

"[But] Maritzburg are a very dangerous team at the moment, they're high on confidence and it's something that we have to be concerned about as a team.

"Because when you play a team that is high on confidence, you can expect a tough game. So, we must really go in with huge respect [for them] because they've been doing very well for themselves, as you can see by where they are at the moment.

"We just want to make sure that we contain a few of their players and obviously try and score goals, because this is a cup game and you need goals to lift the trophy."