local soccer 23.7.2015 11:59 am

No official captain at Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs' Steve Komphela ( New coach) and Kaizer Motaung . (Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Gallo Images)

Kaizer Chiefs' Steve Komphela ( New coach) and Kaizer Motaung . (Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Gallo Images)

Defending Absa Premiership champions Kaizer Chiefs are still without an official captain following the departure of Tefu Mashamaite. 

Mashamaite was released by Chiefs last month leaving the captaincy  vacant, Itumeleng Khune led the Naturena team before he was injured and had to relinquish the armband to Mashamaite.

Amakhosi played Mbabane Swallows in the King’s Super Cup over the weekend and veteran midfielder Simphiwe Tshabalala captained the club.

But newly appointed Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela dismissed claims that Tshabalala is the new team captain. “I think it’s important to reflect back, Shabba had been captain before and he has massive experience, he has been at Chiefs for a long time, I am putting this with an understanding that the club hasn’t come up with the final ruling regarding captaincy,” said Komphela.

“There are a lot of great players at Chiefs,” he added. “We are looking for someone who can bring all players together and understands the culture and philosophy of the club.

“There is a special committee that represents the interests of the players at Chiefs. They have their input, suggestions and wishes. In that committee we have great leaders.

“We were having a match and we needed a captain on the day. The team deemed it fit for Shabba to be captain.”

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