While Hlompho Kekana still has a good few seasons left in his tank, four-time PSL winning coach Gordon Igesund has identified the man to take over from the inspirational Mamelodi Sundowns captain once he calls it a day.
Despite signing a new four-year contract which will keep him at the club until 2024, Hlompho Kekana’s load has been carefully managed by Downs coaches Rulani Mokwena, Manqoba Mngqithi and Steve Komphela this season.
The 35-year-old has made six appearances this campaign, with four of them as a starter, while the rest have been appearances off the bench.
While retirement is not a topic that has surfaced as yet, Igesund, who worked with Kekana during his time at Bafana Bafana, has identified current Sundowns midfielder Mothobi Mvala as the man who will eventually take over from ‘Gonzalez’ when he does call time on his glorious career.
“I think Mvala is the man to take over from Kekana, and that is exactly what he will do,” Igesund told the Siya crew
“Hlompho, I love him to bits, you know I’ve worked with him. He’s a very good professional and he will be able to guide Mvala in training sessions. I’m sure he (Mvala) has watched how Kekana plays and he knows the role and is getting to understand it more.
“It is a good thing because I wouldn’t at this point say Kekana should stop playing, I mean he’s still got lots to offer, but he’s getting on a bit now and he might not play as much as he used to play.
“I had the same situation when I was coaching Godfrey Sapula and Siyabonga Nomvethe, where I would need to look after them, but the younger players who were coming through would learn from those guys, and I think Mvala is that type of player that will learn from the best that there is around and he’s very fortunate that he is in a team like Sundowns, because there are quality players all around him and he’s the one that will be thriving on this,” Igesund concluded.