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Hlompho – It Felt Like I’m Going To Meet Satan

In a career that has had so many highlights and great achievements, Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana told iDiski Times about the one memory that stands out for him.

It was the club’s trip to Alexandria in Egypt, when Sundowns would go on to win the CAF Champions League final.

Having already won the first leg 3-0 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, Sundowns would suffer a 1-0 defeat to Zamalek in the second leg at the Borg El Arab Stadium, but it would mean a 3-1 victory on aggregate.

Kekana told iDiski Times in Edition 14 that he will never forget how scary that trip to Egypt was.

“So many, so many, Robbie, because when you just mentioned the things that we have gone through with these guys,” Kekana told Rob Delport in Edition 14 of iDiski Times.

“So many achievements, accomplishments that we have achieved as a team, and as players, and different personnel that came and went at Sundowns, I can mention so many players that came and then left and there were so many memories in all those years, so many trophies that have been won.”

“And ja, there are memories that I normally don’t find words to describe them.”

“But when I went to Alexandria in Egypt to win the Champions League, for me, it was the scariest, scariest moment ever in my life. I’ve never been so scared.”

“I didn’t know whether in the Bible they’ve ever mentioned what Satan looks like, but it felt like I’m going
to meet Satan for the first time, it was so scary.”

“I can’t even find words to describe myself in that situation, it was just scary; but it was the moment that really stands out.”

“I always love even watching that match every time I feel so anxious, every time I feel so down, I’ll watch that match.”

“And that gives me very much joy in life, joy in my head that I conquered the biggest fear in my life. That’s the moment for me, Robbie.”

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You can read the full interview with Hlompho Kekana in Edition 14 of iDiski Times.

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.