Khune, The PSL’s Longest Serving Captain
The Most Experienced Captains In South African Football
Kaizer Chiefs’ goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, is currently the captain that has spent the longest time at his club.
Khune joined the club way back in 2004, having made his debut in the 2007/08 campaign and was handed the captain’s armband in 2012, replacing former club captain, Jimmy Tau. He was the club's captain when Chiefs won their first league title during Stuart Baxter's era in the 2012/13 season. The armband was given to former defender Tefu Mashamaite the following season, as Khune struggled with long term injuries. He then resumed his duties at the start of the 2016/17 campaign, with Siphiwe Tshabalala donning the armband in Steve Komphela's first season at the club. And, amongst the current club captains in the top tier of South African football, he has served the longest spell at his club.
Bloemfontein Celtic’s Patrick Tignyemb is another stalwart at his club, with the Cameroonian joining the club in the 2008/09 season and being entrusted with the armband at the start of the 2016/17 season.
In third and fourth place respectively, are Free State Stars’ captain Paulus Masehe and Mamelodi Sundowns' Hlompho Kekana. Masehe has been at Ea Lla Koto since the 2008/09 season, taking over the armband in 2013, while the Brazilians’ captain made his debut for the team in the 2011/12 season and took over the captain’s armband at the beginning of the 2015/16 season, following Ramahlwe Mphahlele’s departure for Kaizer Chiefs.
Rounding off the top five is Ajax Cape Town’s Travis Graham, who only made his first team debut in the 2012/13 season, but was handed the armband at the age of just 21 in the 2014/15 season. However, his future at the club is currently up in the air and it is unlikely that he will retain the armband in 2017/18.