Mamelodi Sundowns appoint Hlompho Kekana captain

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The midfield workhorse has taken over the armband from Ramahle Mphahlele, who switched alliances to Kaizer Chiefs in the off-season. Thabo Nthethe also led the side in Mphahlele's absence.

“Being appointed captain of Mamelodi Sundowns is just a title bestowed on me, as the team is made up of many good leaders who will be surrounding me, who I would want to lead any time,” Kekana told the club's website after a third straight Dr Hage Geingob Cup triumph on the weekend.

“What is important is how you respond, as I know that I will be working with professionals and we all have a common goal – to win trophies for Mamelodi Sundowns. It will be a massive experience for me and will require of me to be level-headed and always be the best I can be and work with my team-mates for the success of the club.”

Kekana says he was surprised with the promotion.

“I really did not see this coming. I know that I am an emotional player and have invested my soul in football. I always want to win and this is the spirit in the rest of the team. I have done much behind the scenes in terms of leadership.

“As individuals, we might have differing opinions about issues, but in the end our common goal as players dictates what we need to do, and we are looking at challenging for trophies. Our goal right now is to win the CAF Champions League.”