Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs defender Tefu Mashamaite has not been burdened by the captaincy this season, adding that there had been no significant changes to his mental and physical approach on the field during his tenure so far.
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Mashamaite was forced to take over the reins this term when goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was sidelined by injury towards the end of 2014.
The defender has carried himself with distinction throughout and more critically perhaps, he has maintained much needed stability at the club, in Khune's absence.
“To me this captaincy thing is just about the armband. I don't know if my game has changed since I became the captain at Chiefs compared to when I was not the captain,” Mashamaite told Soccer Laduma.
‘It's just a little bit of status and, at times, it's overrated and blown out of proportion. For me, whether I am wearing the armband or not, it's all the same.”
Mashamaite has played in every single match for Chiefs during the current Premiership campaign and has even contributed with two goals of his own during that period.
The value he adds to this team cannot be disputed nor can his passion for the game.
“I love this game. I come from a family that loves this game.
“My sisters and brothers and my extended family have played and loved this game.
“I am carrying that spirit. I was just lucky to be one of the people able to represent my family name," he added.