“The time will come where it won’t be your choice — the opportunities won’t be granted to you to be on the field. And what are you going to do when the opportunities fade away?” he said.
“Are you going to crumble and cry about it? You can’t cry because you had the opportunities before.
“And in my case, the numbers never lied. And I must say, as a player I should be very grateful for the opportunities.
“Getting to miss football in the last season I was at Sundowns [laughs] for me was crazy. But I knew there that I overstayed my welcome. I knew it was time to give the upcoming players a chance.”
In a wide-ranging interview broaching subjects across his glittering career, Kekana at one stage broke down in tears and the show took a break.
Kekana, who began his professional career at Black Leopards in 2004, won the second and third of three titles in succession clinched by coach Gavin Hunt at SuperSport United from 2008 to 2011.
He played some of his best football after joining Sundowns in 2011, winning the 2016 Caf Champions League, 2017 Caf Super Cup, six Premiership titles and five cups.
Kekana was told at the end of the 2020-21 season he would not play for Downs again, though only officially released from the squad in January 2022.
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