Hlompho Kekana, the Mamelodi Sundowns captain, looks set to leave the club in the coming weeks, the Siya crew has been told.
The 36-year-old midfielder struggled for game-time last season and made it clear in several interviews with the media that he still very much wanted to play regularly despite his age and competition for places at Chloorkop.
According to sources at the club, Kekana has been offered to DStv Premiership rivals Swallows on loan for the upcoming 2021/22 season.
Indications are that there’s no final decision just yet, with Downs still sussing out which of their Premier Soccer League top-flight counterparts would also be keen on having the veteran star player on their books for the new campaign.
Kekana was reduced to a fringe player by the Brazilians last season, managing only nine league appearances and a total of 15 in all competitions – but very few of them were in the starting line-up as Andile Jali and Rivaldo Coetzee were preferred ahead of him.
His experience and influence in the dressing room cannot be questioned, but the player is obviously in the twilight of his career and needs to play.
It wasn’t long ago that Downs, under then coach Pitso Mosimane, rewarded the midfielder with a long-term contract that will expire in June 2024.
He has won six league titles and a CAF Champions League trophy since joining the club a decade ago from Bloemfontein Celtic!
So expect talk of his potential loan spell to intensify over the next few weeks, but Siya sources have informed the crew that Swallows are the first club to be offered the Downs skipper.
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