Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana believes Kaizer Chiefs deserved to be crowned Absa Premiership champions after the Brazilians emerged as champions for the 2019-20 season.
The Soweto giants spent 28 games at the top of the league standings, but Sundowns snatched the PSL title from Amakhosi on the final day of the 2019-20 season.
However, Sundowns managed to secure their third successive title and a record-extending 10th crown after cruising to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Black Leopards on Saturday afternoon.
The Sundowns captain has now won seven PSL titles, five with Sundowns and two during his spell with SuperSport United.
‘I call myself a lucky guy because I have so may trophies under my belt,’ Kekana told SuperSport TV after the game.
‘In my career I have so many beautiful memories. This is one of the trophies I will cherish for the rest of my life because it hasn’t been easy. At some point we were 13 points behind. To be honest Kaizer Chiefs played very well. They really deserved more than we did because at some point they were scoring non-stop and we were behind and trying to fight back and to win our trophy back.
‘Look it is something we should be proud of as players for a job well done. It hasn’t been easy season for us considering the [coronavirus-induced] break. It has been difficult for footballers during this pandemic to come back from five months break and come back straight into it.
‘More than anything we are just happy we managed to win this trophy for the 10th time for Mamelodi Sundowns and for me I couldn’t ask for more for the seventh time. It’s a moment I should be proud of my journey. I still remember I first won it while at SuperSport. Look at me now it’s the seventh.
‘The technical team, always challenge us to do well under difficult conditions.
‘We always travel to North Africa, West Africa but we come and give good performances. I has been a task to play for Mamelodi Sundowns. We have a huge responsibility as players. We will continue to serve the people who love Mamelodi Sundowns.
‘We are the generation that should be remembered for the hard work that we have been putting day in, day out. We have sacrificed a lot.’
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