Kekana: 'Today was a special day for me'

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Mamelodi Sundowns Chairman Thlopie Motsepe gives former captain Hlompho Kekana an award during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Mamelodi Sundowns Chairman Thlopie Motsepe gives former captain Hlompho Kekana an award during the DStv Premiership match between Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
Lefty Shivambu

Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Hlompho Kekana described his overwhelming thanks after being celebrated by the club's supporters at the weekend.

Sundowns held a special celebration at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in honour of their former captain who served the club with distinction for over a decade.

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Kekana was paid tribute with a guard of honour and handed a commemorative trophy in honour of his decorated career.

"Today was a special day for me simply because I brought my mom to the stadium to witness how special I was in this team in terms of the display I had shown during my ten years at the club," Kekana said. 

"It was an honour to have her witness how loved I was by these people which is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.

"I know and we all have seen the beautiful memories I shared with everyone in the team, such as my crazy goals. I will call them my Playstation goals, we've all seen them.

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"Yes, it shows how important a player I was in this team. I feel honoured to be celebrated like this.

"It never happened before in my entire 19 years as a professional where I have been celebrated like this.

"My son was also here to witness this, and he asked me why the supporters were singing for me.

"I said, 'those trophies that you see in our living room, are because of the magnificent performances that your dad used to give.

"'And if you want one of the trophies, you need to do better than what your dad did'. So it is a special moment for me to bring him here to witness this beautiful moment."

The former Brazilian skipper is expected to return to Chloorkop to fulfill an ambassadorial role.

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