AFCON 2023: Pitso Mosimane Reacts After Grant Kekana Speaks on His Mother, Pinky’s Support

AFCON 2023: Pitso Mosimane Reacts After Grant Kekana Speaks on His Mother, Pinky’s Support

Raphael Abiola
updated at February 13, 2024 at 1:52 PM
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  • Pitso Mosimane hails Grant Kekana after his comments about his mother, Pinky
  • The Mamelodi Sundowns defender's mum is a deputy minister in the presidency
  • The Bafana star also described the relationship he has with his politician mother

Abha Club coach, Pitso Mosimane, has reacted to Grant Kekana's comment about his mother, Politician Pinky Kekana, support during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Ivory Coast.

The Mamelodi Sundowns defender was a constant member of the South African team at the recently concluded continental football competition in which they finished third place behind Nigeria and Ivory Coast.

Grant's mother is the Deputy Minister in the Presidency, and she was proud of her son's performance against Nigeria in the AFCON semi-final despite being sent off in extra-time.

Grant Kekana was sent off during the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa. Photo: Issouf Sanogo.
Grant Kekana was sent off during the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa. Photo: Issouf Sanogo.
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According to Soccer Laduma, at the State of The Nation Address (SONA), Kekana's mother claimed her son took one for the team with the red card against the Super Eagles.

In an interview after the AFCON, Kekana shared his thoughts on his mother's proud reaction to his performance.

"It shows how proud she is of her son; I always call her imbokodo because she's just been my rock," he said.
"She's the only person who's ever bought me soccer boots, the first to believe in me and allow me to chase my dreams. The only thing she wanted from me was to finish school.
"I run out of words to describe my relationship with her. As much as it looks good on camera and stuff, you know we're always fighting. But it's because she always wants the best from me. So yeah, I'm just happy that she was happy."

Mosimane took to his official X handle to air his views on Grant's remarks about his mother.

"Grant is a top guy, never mind being a top player. As they say, the apple does not fall far away from the tree.💪🏿"

Kekana urged Broos to stay until 2026

Sports Brief previously reported that Kekana urged Hugo Broos to stay on as South Africa's national team coach after AFCON 2023 semi-final loss to Nigeria

The Sundowns defender pleaded with the Belgian manager not to quit just yet but to help them achieve a greater goal.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.
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