Johannesburg - Wayne Sandilands was confirmed as captain of Bafana Bafana on Wednesday as the squad flew out to Zambia for the Cosafa Cup quarterfinal against Namibia on Saturday.
According to the supersport.com website, the Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper, who has been on the winning side in each of his three previous appearances for the national team, is one of the few payers left over in the squad from last month’s World cup assignments.
He will become the seventh goalkeeper to captain the national team and the 34th player overall.
Previous goalkeeping captains for Bafana have been Andre Arendse, Hans Vonk, John Tale, Brian Baloyi, Moeneeb Josephs and Itumeleng Khune.
"It’s a great honour for me and would like to thank the coach for the faith he has shown in me, and I would also like to thank God for allowing me this chance to be here and lead this team," said Sandilands as the team departed for Lusaka, where they will meet the Brave Warriors at the Nkoloma Stadium.
“It’s the first time for me being in this position even though I have captained my club on numerous occasions and I’m really looking forward to the challenge. We have a lot of new faces but there are no excuses, we will be representing our country and we have to do our best.
"As players when you represent your country you have to be the face of the national team, be the ambassador and the guys don’t need that much motivation. We just need to bond and unify quickly so we can do the business on the field, because there is not a lot of time. We just need to remind the guys of the importance of being here and the opportunity that we have.
"This is a chance for many players to show the coach they want to be part of the team going forward, so we need to have the right frame of mind," he added.