Hlompho Kekana

Hlompho Kekana in action. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Sundowns: Hlompho praises Chiefs’ headline signing

Kaizer Chiefs may have disappointed themselves, but Yusuf Maart has found something to smile about…from Hlompho Kekana.

Hlompho Kekana

Hlompho Kekana in action. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Yusuf Maart should sleep with a smile on his face. Earning respect from a guy like Hlompho Kekana is not small water.

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Following the now famous long-range goal in the Soweto derby last month, the master of such goals, Kekana has described what it means to take decisions like that.

“He applied himself in a big space, a big match like that. To be able to do that, you need to have guts. Not many players can do that, “ Kekana said via FARPost.

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“You and I can even go there in that field without pressure. Even with these people, you won’t even hit a crossbar. That’s how pressure is. You have to have guts to do that.

Yusuf Maart of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates his scorcher against Orlando Pirates. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix.

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“I salute him for doing that. I cannot talk about myself I retired a long time ago. My goals, you know them, I cannot talk about them.

“Personality and, most importantly, the technique required for these types of goals. Not only are your teammates and coaches watching you, but the fans are as well, and they are ready to kill you.”

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The Zebediela-born legend, ever so humble throughout his career, refreshingly gave himself credit for a change.

​​“Not many players can do what I have done. It’s simply because I possess different game models, so I always knew the way I play,” the former star added.

“|Nobody else would do something similar to that. With the technique that I prepared for the matches or the goals that I scored were always different,” he said.

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“They set different meanings to me because I know the goal that I scored in Cameroon is a different technique to the one I scored against Cape Town City. There is a different technique that I apply.

“It depends on the ball or even the pitch. All those things I would take into consideration,” the former Bafana Bafana midfielder concluded.

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