Kežman BATE was the last professional club. Famous Serbian who shined in PSV,
Saint-Germain, Atletico de Madrid and Fenerbahce played for
the Yellow-Blues for four months. Being a great sportsman and personality,
Mateja contributed a lot to the training sessions of the Borisovites, becoming
a fantastic example of commitment and professionalism for young BATE players.
The only thing missing were the goals. Kežman failed to score even one goal in
appeared in BATE in August 2011. The circumstances were quite unfortunate for
the club. Right after the away win against SK Sturm Graz in the
UEFA Champions League play-offs, which meant breakthrough to the group stage
Hancharenka's team, leading BATE forward Vitali Radzionau was
injured severely in the game against FC Dinamo Minsk. The
bosses of the Yellow Blues had to search for another options in the attack with
just three days remaining till transfer deadline. What is more, domestic
Belarusian regularions made the club search only among free agents. The
opportunity to sign Kežman came just in time.
his debut in the Belarusian Championship in the game against FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk, which
ended goalless. After that Kežman became a regular member of the starting
eleven, and helped the attacking power of BATE by drawing a lot of attention
from defenders that enabled other players to use the space, but with no goals
scored. Nevertheless, BATE's no. 99 assisted his partners twice. In winter
2011, when his contract with the Yellow Blues was over, Kežman decided to
finish his glorious career.