Continental champions, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, have acquired the services of Gabonnelwe Salome Kekana from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Ladies.
Kekana has been lauded for her ability to play in a variety of positions as a striker, winger, midfielder, and full-back. The Soshanguve-born player excelled in the Hollywoodbets Super League last season, finishing with 9 goals as TUT Ladies finished in an impressive second place on the final log standings, behind eventual winners, Sundowns.
The highly-rated 26-year-old expressed her excitement upon joining The Brazilians and underlined her desires to win trophies.
“After spending 7 years with TUT Ladies, making the switch to Sundowns is a new chapter for me. I learned a lot while at TUT and I am hoping to learn much more at my new home. Sundowns is a team that has dominated women’s football in South Africa and I am ready to contribute to the team’s quest of winning more titles both domestically, continentally, and beyond. I was welcomed warmly into the team and I am willing to learn from the highly talented players in the fold. I am already looking forward to the new season with Masandawana.”
Kekana further stated that her move to Sundowns was part of her strong desire to move out of her comfort zone and embrace new challenges in her career.
“I am a big fan of challenging myself because it brings out the best in me. Making this move to Sundowns is a step in the right direction for me as I am looking to improve on my craft as a footballer. I believe strongly that this move will further amplify my strengths and I cannot wait to get started on the pitch.”
Coach Jerry Tshabalala spoke highly of Kekana’s versatility across several positions which would further bolster the team’s strength in depth.
“Bringing Salome Kekana to the team gives us so much joy because we know what she is capable of. Her versatility is one of her many strengths and she will give us something both defensively and offensively. Gabo has a good left foot and that means we will have enough support for Chuene Morifi. We are very excited with the acquisition of such a talented player and we are looking forward to integrating her into the squad as we prepare to defend the three titles we won last season.”
Gabo is also a regular for the South Africa women’s national football team. She first received her call-up (standby list) to the Banyana Banyana team that participated in the COSAFA Cup tournament in 2018. She eventually participated in the tournament three years later.
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