Mamelodi Sundowns’ most successful captain Hlompho Kekana’s marriage with the team has come to an end.
Zebediela-born Kekana’s departure from the Tshwane giants was confirmed by the team in a statement on Thursday. The statement also said that there is always an opportunity for Kekana to return to the club in a different capacity when he decides to retire from active football.
Kekana whose contract was going to expire at the end of this season played more than 350 matches in the 10 years he spent at the Brazilians.
“l have spent almost a third of my life proudly wearing the yellow shirt and representing the Masandawana family. It’s been a decade of beautiful memories and I would like to thank the Motsepe family, the board and the passionate supporters of Mamelodi Sundowns,” Kekana wrote on his Facebook page.
The 36-year-old Kekana, who joined Sundowns from Bloemfontein Celtic a decade ago, led the Brazilians to 2016 CAF Champions League glory.
Kekana made history when he scored seven goals during Sundowns’ 24-0 Nedbank Cup win over Northern Cape amateur side Powerlines FC in March 2012.
He leaves Sundowns after winning six league titles, two Nedbank Cup trophies, two Telkom Knockout trophies, the CAF Champions League and CAF Super Cup.