Former Sundowns midfielder Mnguni has advised Sundowns not to release Hlompho Kekana.

The experienced star did not feature regularly for the Brazilians last season, leading to speculation he might leave

Kekana, who signed a long-term contract with Sundowns two years ago, did not feature prominently for the champions last season and that led to speculation he could leave the Pretoria side. Citing Kekana’s experience, Mnguni said it would be critical for the club to consider having the midfielder in their ranks.

Experience needed

“What I can tell you is that Hlompho worked so hard for the team and if now the coaches don’t see him the way he was before, the experience is still there,” Mnguni told Sowetan Live.

“We need players who have experience at the club. People may say the coaches don’t play him, but you will find out that he is injured or being rested so he can get the energy.”

Last season, Kekana played in nine PSL games and 15 across all competitions as Andile Jali and Rivaldo Coetzee were regularly fielded, but Mnguni insists it would be wrong to release him.

“We might not know why he was not playing last season. Remember, there was a game where he came in as a sub and he scored [against Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal],” he added.

“He will still help the club, so for me to [let him] go, I don’t think it would be a good idea for the club.”

Sundowns have strengthened the team with the signings of Sifiso Ngobeni, Thabiso Kutumela, Pavol Safranko, Divine Lunga, Neo Maema and Grant Kekana.

The new signings have been handed long-term contracts with each signing a five-year deal. © Sowetan Live.

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