Cape Town - With
Stuart Baxter soon to begin his second stint as Bafana Bafana coach,
the question of who he will name as his captain has been thrown around.
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt believes Baxter should look no further
than the Students' title winning skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo, who led the
national team a number of times under the sacked Shakes Mashaba.
Hunt and Baxter had an extensive conversation before the Englishman
named his first squad, and the Wits coach has revealed that he told the
new Bafana boss to consider giving the armband to Hlatshwayo.
“Well I think if you’re going to go into a new era‚ new dawn‚ new
feel‚ and you want to build your team‚ I mean he (Hlatshwayo) is the
perfect guy to build your team around‚” Hunt was quoted by Sowetan Live.
“I told Stuart that. If you want to build your team‚ he’s not going
to be bashing down doors and screaming and shouting. But he’s going to
lead with endeavour‚ and his professionalism on and off the field.
“But Stuart’s going to make a decision once he gets into camp and works with the players for a week.
“There are a few candidates‚ which is good. You need a few
candidates. You want the team to work by itself. You want a lot of
“But‚ ja‚ if Stuart’s looking to go forward‚ (Hlatshwayo is a) good option.”
One of the things Mashaba was criticised for during his failed tenure
as Bafana coach was his rotation of the captaincy - and goalkeepers -
which didn't sit well with Hunt, who added that whoever was appointed
captain was the coach's first name on the team sheet.
“For me that can’t work‚ hey. That can never work‚” Hunt said.
“Obviously if there are injuries you have to. But you need to put your
hat with somebody and go with somebody‚ and go feel it. And build your
team around them for the next three or four years‚ or until the next
campaign‚ at least.
“I’m sure Stuart will do that.”