Kekana Shares Concerns On Mayo Over ‘Big Three’ Jump
Mamelodi Sundowns legend Hlompho Kekana has weighed in on the debate surrounding Cape Town City’s Khanyisa Mayo, stating that he believes it is too early for the young attacker to make a big-money move to one of the ‘Big Three’ clubs in South African football – Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, and Sundowns.
Mayo has had an impressive season with City, contributing directly to 13 of their goals with 11 goals and two assists in 32 appearances across all competitions. His form has attracted interest from the ‘Big Three,’ with Sundowns and Chiefs both reportedly keen on securing his signature. However, Kekana believes that Mayo would be better served staying in Cape Town to continue his development.
Speaking on the popular football show, SoccerZone, Kekana said,
“I think a player like him [Mayo], a left-footer, is needed at Sundowns but I can easily say that he must stay where he is at the moment because we are talking about a player who needs to establish himself and make sure that he is experienced in terms of scoring goals.”
Despite his impressive goal-scoring record, Kekana noted that Mayo needs more game time to further hone his skills and become a more prolific goal-scorer.
“He hasn’t scored enough this season, but he has the potential to score more. So for me, I think [as a player] you need more game time to help you score more. I think it’s too early for him to move; let him just stay there for two more seasons.”
City, on the other hand, seems keen to hold on to their prized asset and have reportedly activated an optional two-year extension on Mayo’s contract. This move has made it more difficult for interested parties to sign the player, as they would now have to dig deeper into their pockets to secure his services for next season.
Mayo’s potential move to one of the ‘Big Three’ clubs would undoubtedly be a significant step up in his career, but Kekana’s advice is that the young attacker should focus on continuing his development and gaining more experience before making such a move. It remains to be seen whether Mayo will heed Kekana’s advice or opt for a bigger challenge with one of South Africa’s top clubs.