Absa Premiership

Mphahlele keen 'Downs on captaincy

2015-07-16 11:37
Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Gallo)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele says it would be an 'honour and a privilege' to captain the team as Chloorkop bids farewell to Alje Schut.

The Dutchman wore the armband during the Brazilians' Premiership title success in 2013/14, while also leading the side to Nedbank Cup glory last season.

However, the 2014/15 campaign proved the 34-year-old's last for Sundowns as he prepares to return to his homeland, leaving the Tshwane giants in need of a new skipper.

And while the ever-present Mphahlele would relish the chance to take up the captaincy, he believes there are plenty of other viable candidates to choose from, and would be happy with any decision made by the club.

"I only missed the Ajax [one] game last season and played all the other 29 matches," he told Football411.

"I guess it's all down to hard work and wanting to get better with every game.

"And it is also about giving back to the team that gives so much to us.

"When I go to the pitch I just want to pay back my teammates, coaches and president.

"If I am elected [for captaincy], I will obviously be honored and privileged, so I will lead.

"But it does not make any difference to me because at the end of the day, football is a collective sport.

"So it is a big responsibility, yes, but we already have a lot of captains in the team so to me, with or without the armband, I will continue to give my all and help the team where I can as long as I'm given the opportunity."


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