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Mngqithi Explains Situation Around Downs Captaincy

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi confirmed the club does not have a vice-captain, as he gave insight into how they are working with the armband at the moment.

Without Hlompho Kekana on the pitch, due to his lack of game-time, the captain’s armband has been passed around in the team, with Ricardo Nascimento, Denis Onyango and more recently Mosa Lebusa leading the side.

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“Sundowns' captain is Hlompho Kekana and we don’t have any vice or whatever. We just make a call when we feel it’s necessary. We’ve had Ricardo a lot and now Ricardo is out. We could easily have Denis as captain, but Denis is coming from far. We are trying to save him from all these runs to the referee and all that, because we want him to work a little bit more economically and focus on what is expected of him,” Mngqithi told the media after Sundowns’ 1-1 draw with Black Leopards over the weekend.

“But the truth of the matter is that the captain of this club is still Hlompho Kekana.”

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Kekana has featured just 10 times in all competitions this season, which is rare for the midfielder who has been used to playing 35 matches or more a season at the club. With the 35-year-old not spending most of the time watching Sundowns' matches from the sidelines, the armband looks set to be rotated a bit more in the coming months. 

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