Kekana explains obsession with screamers

Hlompho Kekana @ Backpagepix
Hlompho Kekana @ Backpagepix

Mamelodi Sundowns captain Kekana Hlompho has revealed why he has a mania for scoring long-range cracking goals for both club and country.

Kekana, who scored the lone goal, a screamer as Bafana Bafana edged Golden Arrows 1-0 in a friendly at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlaza, near Durban on Wednesday, has made it routine to torment goalkeepers.

His screamer a year on Sunday in the Afcon 2017 qualifier against Cameroon in Limbe was nominated for the Fifa Puskas Award and even though he did not win the coveted trophy, his goal will forever be described as one of the greatest not just for Bafana Bafana but also in African football history books.

Speaking to in an exclusive interview, Kekana said, “The thing is I used to score when I was young so now it is something I like to do. To people, it looks crazy because even my friends say I am crazy.”

“I agree I am crazy. Nobody would think of scoring from that far but I have done it and for me, it looks normal because I have done it before. It is something that I will forever try to do even if people do not find it normal.”

“I do not normally think about the goals I score. I always tell people that my position in the game is not to score goals. The goals I score are not important to me because my job is not to score but whenever I score it is a good feeling. It is something that does not come often.”

During a recent visit to Kampala for the Caf Champions League first round return leg tie against Ugandan champions KCCA, Kekana attempted a powerful strike from the halfway mark to force a fantastic save from goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan.

The Sundowns talisman believes that these kinds of goals and attempts are a true reflection of his character as a person.

He emphasized that, “Those goals reflect my character because my teammates especially, they allow me to do that because they understand the person that I am. They call me crazy. It is normal and I accept that I can do that and they allow me to do that and attempt from that distance.”

“I try that mostly when my team is under pressure and I try to relieve the pressure off my teammates.”

Bafana Bafana will face Guinea Bissau on March 25 in an international friendly game at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban before facing Angola on March 28 at Buffalo City Stadium.

This article was sourced from the PSL website.

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