Hlompho Kekana’s agent has confirmed that the player is fully committed to Mamelodi Sundowns, but why has the midfielder not yet put pen to paper on a new contract at the club?
The 31-year-old is currently in the final four months of his contract at the club, and despite several reports confirming that negotiations for a deal were happening behind the scenes, the club is yet to secure Kekana’s signature on a new contract.
However, contacted for comment, Kekana’s representative, Matsatsi Sefalafala said in this week's edition of Soccer Laduma, “Look, the only thing I can tell you is that contract negotiations is a confidential matter between two parties, the player and the club, so I’m not going to discuss or comment on that. Also, Hlompho is fully committed to Sundowns.”
The Siya crew has since been informed by a source in the know that there have been informal talks between the player’s camp and Bidvest Wits taking place behind the scenes, however, this is yet to be confirmed by the two parties involved.
At this point, Kekana is eligible to pen a pre-contract with any other club, where he will subsequently be able to join interested suitors on a free at the end of his existing Sundowns contract, which expires on June 30.
Sundowns have already finalised new deals for three of their first-team players, Anthony Laffor, Denis Onyango and Wayne Arendse, which raises many eyebrows as to why Masandawana are yet to secure the future of the team captain, Kekana.