Kekana: We wanted to beat the record

Mamelodi Sundowns player, Grant Kekana, says Masandawana wanted to beat Maritzburg United in order to break the 71 points record set in 2015/16 season.

But Sundowns could only finish this season on 70 points after the draw against Maritzburg United.

“It’s been a tough season. We have set a lot targets that we wanted to achieve coming to the last game at the end of the season,” Kekana said. “I think we can be proud of our ourselves. We wanted three points against Maritzburg United to break the record but it’s something we can build on and hopefully we can achieve it next season.”

Kekana joined Sundowns from Supersport United in July 2021 and has already won two league titles during his two seasons in Chloorkop. The 30-year-old credits coach Rulani Mokwena for his success.

“The coach always emphasises that we can always improve, we can always get better and we must never be content with the level that we are at,” Kekana says.

“He always pushes us to be at the next level, that’s the mentality we have. Coming to Sundowns as a player, you have to be motivated because there’s a lot of competition. It’s healthy competition and everyone gets a run.

“When you are given the chance, you have to take it, fortunately we have been doing it for the past two seasons. I’m just proud to be part of this wonderful team. I keep learning, I keep improving everyday – the sky is the limit.

“At Sundowns we don’t do a lot of defending because we always have the ball, always attacking. The moments that we do defend, we have to show what we are good at.

“As a defender, my primary job is to defend but I learn a lot from the players that I play around, there’s a lot of quality there.

“We take small things from each other to help improve the collective. It’s a collective effort that I’m improving my game because I’m playing with such wonderful players.”
By Zola Doda

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