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Tshabalala to captain Bafana

2011-08-26 16:00

Johannesburg - Siphiwe Tshabalala, who scored the opening goal at last year's World Cup, will captain South Africa in their African Nations Cup qualifier in Niger next week in the absence of the injured Steven Pienaar, officials said.

Tshabalala, whose left-footed thunderbolt against Mexico at Soccer City was chosen as one of FIFA's goals of the year, stands in for the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, who is expected to be sidelined for the next month after suffering a pre-season injury.

Pienaar is one of three South African international based in England, who will miss the game because of injury and are absent from a 24-man squad named by coach Pitso Mosimane.

Kagisho Dikgacoi of Crystal Palace and Davide Somma of Leeds United have also been ruled out of the match in Niamey on Sept. 4.

An away win for South Africa would confirm their place at next year's Nations Cup tournament, which is being co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Reuters

Comments
  • Samurai Demo - 2011-08-26 16:07

    not captain material but in sa we will take what we can get. why pienaar is permanent captain just coz he is our best player is also beyond me-the guy cant even string a sentence together and blushes in front of the camera. bongani 4 skipper and the team must also be more representative!ermanent captain just coz he is our best player is also beyond me-the guy cant even string a sentence together and blushes in front of the camera. bongani 4 skipper and the team must also be more representative!

      Adrian - 2011-08-26 17:00

      i fully agree with Balrog Demon, Bongani for permanent skipper or Killer if he is not available

      sjkranenburg - 2011-08-26 18:29

      i agree that bongani is the more likely candidate for skipper. he atleast as some experience of captaining a club side and leads from the back. but pienaar gets the nod because of his vast experience and respect within the game i imagine.sometimes coaches also give the captain's armband to a player they see as vital. the idea being that it motivates the player to perform above and beyond, etc. tevez and fabregas are clear examples of this. not born leaders but players who get an ego boost from the armband and perform better because of it. still though, good luck siphiwe. im sure you'll do us proud.

      Enockay - 2011-08-27 06:58

      dude stick 2 watchin netball and stop boring us with ur dumb comments,

  • bhekie2k - 2011-08-29 11:36

    @Demon, I agree with you 110%. The best candidate for captain is Bongani Khumalo. Tshabalala can play, yes, but captain? I don't think so. Pienaar never plays the same way he plays for Tottenham and is more often than not overshadowed by the local players like Yeye, Khuboni and Mphela everytime he plays for Bafana. Pitso is doing a good job with the team but he should choose a better captain.

  • mrmogoswane - 2011-08-31 07:51

    I don't get what you guy's are on about. please tell me who is the better captain at this point in the bafana setup? Khumalo is still not broken into the starting line up, future bafana captain yes but for not i think no one is as deserving as shabalala. the guy might not shout a lot on the field but he is a perfect example to hard work and determination to the young one's...

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