Tlale: Kekana can still play for Chiefs, Bucs

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Mamelodi Sundowns legend John Tlale believes Hlompho Kekana can still play a very important role at clubs such as Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Sundowns recently parted ways with the veteran 36-year-old midfielder after a decade long trophy-laden spell at Chloorkop.

"He is still a good player and he can contribute a lot and we all know what he's capable of doing," Tlale tells snl24.com/kickoff.

"I thought Sundowns were going to do the same thing for him as they did for Surprise Moriri.

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Orlando Pirates' No. 1 jersey – posthumously retir
Orlando Pirates' No. 1 jersey – posthumously retired following the death of Senzo Meyiwa
Orlando Pirates' No. 10 jersey – retired in honour
Orlando Pirates' No. 10 jersey – retired in honour of Jomo Sono
Orlando Pirates' No. 13 jersey – posthumously reti
Orlando Pirates' No. 13 jersey – posthumously retired following the death of Clifford Moleko
Mamelodi Sundowns' No. 16 jersey – posthumously re
Mamelodi Sundowns' No. 16 jersey – posthumously retired following the death of Anele Ngcongca
Kaizer Chiefs' No. 15 jersey – retired in honour o
Kaizer Chiefs' No. 15 jersey – retired in honour of Doctor Khumalo
Kaizer Chiefs' No. 20 jersey – retired in honour o
Kaizer Chiefs' No. 20 jersey – retired in honour of Howard Freese
Now-defunct Ajax Cape Towns' No. 21 jersey – posth
Now-defunct Ajax Cape Towns' No. 21 jersey – posthumously retired following the death of Cecil Lolo
Orlando Pirates' No. 22 jersey – posthumously reti
Orlando Pirates' No. 22 jersey – posthumously retired following the death of Lesley Manyathela
Scroll through the gallery to see some of the reti
Scroll through the gallery to see some of the retired jersey numbers in South African football

"Surprise went to Highlands Park and then he came back. I think Hlompho also deserves to be in that same bracket. He can finish his career elsewhere and then go back to Sundowns.

"He can still play for another three years as he's disciplined, and he's very unique. Today we don't see players with those long-range shots. It's very rare to see such quality, especially in South Africa.

"If I had a club I would have given him two years. He's a workaholic, let me be honest. I hope he will find a good team. He shouldn't go to a team that is always struggling to survive relegation.

"He can play even for Chiefs, Pirates, Swallows, SuperSport you name them. He will play at Chiefs and Pirates."