Kekana always welcome at Black Leopards

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Mamelodi Sundowns legend Hlompho Kekana will always be welcome back at Black Leopards, according to the club general manager Tshifiwa Thidiela.

Kekana is currently a free agent with his future uncertain after falling out of favour at Sundowns.

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The 36-year-old made just 12 appearances last season as he fell down the pecking order under the club's new-look technical team.

Thidiela recaps how the Bafana international, one of the most decorated players in the PSL era was scouted.

"I think there was some school tournament sponsored by MTN," Thidiela tells snl24.com/kickoff on how Kekana was discovered.

"All I remember mainly is he was too young to sign a contract. His mother had to come and sign his first professional contract.

"His capability attracted us. You could see the talent even though he didn't play immediately, we could still see his capability, and he was loaned to the then Pietersburg Pillars. I think he went there for a season then he came back."

In 2008, Kekana left Leopards for SuperSport United after four years in Limpopo.

"We sold him to SuperSport, Thidiela added. At Leopards, I think we don't even look at fees. I think when we sold him, the team had just gotten relegated and he was somebody we could see would go far."

Thidiela revealed that Kekana would always be welcome to finish his career at Lidoda Duvha.

"It's his decision what he wants to do with his career at this stage. But the only thing is Leopards will always be home to him. You can see wherever he goes out he never forgets Leopards.

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He constantly visits us. With me, it's even worse every time he comes we always take pictures.

Like most Black Leopards players, they never forget where they come from, you will see now and then they buy a goat for the chairman or something just to say we are where we are because of you.

"The better part of his career he spent at Sundowns. But Sundowns is like a branch, his roots are obviously at Black Leopards."

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