Chiefs shot stopper to remain Captain
Bongani Khumalo has been brought back into the Bafana Bafana squad for the Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Durban.
The Captains role with remain with the Kaizer Chiefs Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, who took on the role in the defender’s absence.
Speaking to the South African Football Asssociation, National team Coach Gordon Igesund believes his decsion to abstain from returning the captaincy to Khumalo is a better decision for the team.
“In fact I believe that Khumalo, now back to his best form, will be better off freed of the captaincy burden and able to concentrate on his role as a key defender.
“He’s had a tough time settling down,Now he seems to have finally found his niche at Doncaster.”
Igesund isn’t the first coach, nor will he be the last to try and play down the importance of the captaincy, with the aim of releasing the often humongous pressure that goes with the role.
“I’ve stressed to all my players that I expect to have 11 captains on the pitch at all times, with everyone taking it on himself to give 100% effort and assume full responsibility.”
To have any hope of qualification, both South Africa and Botswana must take three points from the game and hope Ethiopia fail to beat Central African Republic.