Against Mauritania on the weekend, Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba opted to give Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune the captain’s armband; on previous occasions, he has put his trust in the likes of Dean Furman and Anele Ngcongca.
Shakes is known to rotate the captaincy duties as he feels the responsibility should be rested on many players in the camp and not just a single leader.
Going into yet another crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Senegal on Tuesday, who do you think should take the armband should Mashaba decide to once again change his leader?
Here my choices:
The midfield general has captained Bafana before and is exactly the kind of player you need as a leader in the team. His commanding nature is always felt on the pitch, and a player of his character is perhaps needed to grab the bull by the horns and spur Bafana on in a time of disarray.
With Eric Mathoho and Anele Ngcongca picking up knocks on the weekend, "Tyson" has the chance to come into the starting line-up as a candidate for the captain’s armband. Known to always give 100%, Hlatshwayo could also add much-needed solidity in defence.
"Mlungu" could be Shakes' safest bet in this regard as there is a certain feeling of security when he is played as the leader. Many fans feel, because Mashaba had given Khune the armband, it affected Furman’s morale, resulting in him not being at his best against Mauritania.
Should Shakes stick with Khune as captain or should he give the armband to another player?