Kekana’s long range missile gets international recognition

Sphiwe Masilela

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi has heaped praise on skipper and midfield maestro Hlompho Kekana. 

Kekana has been nominated for the Fifa Puskas Awards for his long-range strike against Cape Town City last season. The awards will be held on 17 December in Zurich. 

He has guided Sundowns to several trophies which include the coveted CAF Champions League in 2016. 

Mngqithi praised Kekana’s professionalism and believes he deserves all the recognition coming his way because of his hard work. 

“I don’t know how many trophies we have won with Kekana. I think it’s more than eleven. it will be very sad if he doesn’t get this award. I would really be happy if one day Sundowns make a compilation of all Hlompho’s goals, including when he played for Bloemfontein Celtics, Supersport United and Sundowns,” said Mngqithi. 

The former Golden Arrows mentor said he would like to see Kekana being roped into Sundowns’ technical team or a management position in the near future because of his dedication and commitment to the team, and his passion for the game.  

The 35-year-old Zebediela-born anchor is widely known for his skills at scoring long-range goals. 

He scored from 65-yards out against Cameroon in 2016, ultimately earning a nomination for the 2016 edition of the Fifa Puskas Awards.  

Goalkeeper, Oscarine Masuluke was also nominated for this award for the goal he scored late in the match while playing for Baroka FC against Orlando Pirates. 

Picture source: @Hlompho_Kekana

Video source: @SupersportTV