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Downs Coach Responds To Kekana's FIFA Award Nomination

Manqoba Mngqithi has shared his thoughts on Hlompho Kekana getting nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award this year.

Read: Downs Coach Praises Star Duo After Big Win

Kekana, who started on the bench for the third game running, was nominated for the for the Puskas Award for his stunning striker against Cape Town City last season.

Mngqithi says it is not easy for any player to be nominated for the Puskas Award, as Kekana was also nominated in 2016 for his halfway line goal against Cameroon.

“Our captain that does not cease to amaze us because the type of goals that he scores, they always change the complexion of the game for us but one is more impressed with him getting this recognition because he is a player that has served the country, served the club and served all the clubs he has played for to be honest.

“And not many people always give credit to people like Hlompho, but when he gets these nominations people start to give a little bit more respect. It’s not easy for one to be nominated twice for the Puskas award, but our captain has always represented us in that space.

“And I’m very proud, and I’m still very hopeful that before the end of the season he is going to score another one like that. He was unfortunate against TTM to hit the crossbar, but we still have a lot to get from him and we’re trying our level best to get him to recover fully because he has had too much load in those legs and we’re optimistic that when he comes back. He comes back stronger than before,” Mngqithi said.

With the transfer window slamming shut on November 30, Downs could still offload some players on this list!

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