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Are Bafana Short Of Leaders?

With the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations now well and truly at the back of our minds, we can sit and reflect on the deeper more important issues that need to be addressed.

However, looking at the squad that was chosen for the showpiece in Equatorial Guinea, was there ever really any natural born leader in the team?

For the competition, the captaincy duty was handed to Doncaster Rovers midfielder Dean Furman. Yes, Furman may be a player with great determination and drive, however, in terms of rallying the troops when facing defeat… Furman lacked authority.

Oupa Manyisa has been entrusted as one of many captains at club side Orlando Pirates following the death of former Bucs and Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa. Coach Shakes Mashaba had previously mentioned that Meyiwa was a great leader because his ability to lift the spirits of the team.

As one of the experienced players that were on camp, Manyisa like Furman, lacked influence...

Other names within that squad, who have had club captaincy experience, were Thulani Hlatshwayo and Sibusiso Vilakazi. With Tyson being given the armband from Vila, who was the former Wits captain, Hlatshwayo failed to make his presence felt as one of the few leaders in the team. His own goal agains Algeria also had an impact on his performance.

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, was the number one choice as Bafana captain, however, not being selected for the tournament meant Shakes had no natural leader in the squad.

With that said, are Bafana short of leaders?


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