Mashaba happy with PSL captains

FILE PICTURE: Shakes Mashaba addresses the media. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has been pleased by clubs in the Premier Soccer League who have been captained by more than one player this season.

Mashaba has stressed the need to groom more leaders in the national team setup which has seen him rotate the armband between Dean Furman, Andile Jali and Anele Ngcongca.

Itumeleng Khune’s injury saw Kaizer Chiefs hand the armband to Tefu Mashamaite who has continue to don it despite Khune returning to the setup and even called up to the national team. Thulani “Tyson” Hlatshwayo has also taken over the captaincy at Bidvest Wits from Sibusiso Vilakazi while Orlando Pirates’ looked at Oupa Manyisa to lead them after the death of Senzo Meyiwa who had captained Bafana Bafana before his tragic death.

Mashaba will continue with his tomorrow night when Bafana Bafana face Swaziland at Somhlolo Stadium. The outfit went to Swaziland without Furman, after his club Doncaster Rovers asked he be excused as they are chasing a place in the play-offs for the English first division. Anele Ngcongca and May Mahlangu also didn’t make the trip because of their injuries. Eric Mathoho on the other hand has withdrew from the squad because of family commitments but will be back for the clash with Nigeria on Sunday.

Jali should start the match wearing the armband before passing it on when Mashaba changes him to work on combinations in midfield.

“Very pleasingly, I would like to compliment the clubs,” Mashaba said. “If you look at the captaincy in the club, it is no longer obvious. I would like to make an example, look at Wits. Who is the captain? Tyson. And in the national team we are saying we can’t make Tyson a captain because he is quiet?

“We appreciate what the clubs are doing because they are giving us what we would like to get. We will look at a lot of players and rotate that. You don’t need one leader in a football match. You need three or four who will push each other to work harder. There are things that could happen behind closed doors and you think that the players respect this captain but they don’t.”

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