Belgian-based Bafana Bafana international midfielder, Andile Jali has commented on his recent experience of being named Bafana skipper, wearing the captain’s armband for the first time in his professional career.
The 25-year-old was entrusted by Bafana mentor, Shakes Mashaba to skipper the national side ahead of their final 2015 African Cup of Nations preparation fixture against Mali in Gabon this past Wednesday.
Jali led his charges with applaud to a convincing 3-0 win over the Malians, ensuring Bafana maintained their unbeaten run under Shakes Mashaba’s mentorship.
“It was a huge surprise for me but I said I will don the armband because the coach chose me amongst 23 players in the squad to lead the country,” expressed Jali in a media statement from the South African Football Association.
“It was a great honour for me to captain my country for the first time ever, in fact to be captain in any match. What makes me happier is that the results were positive,” added the Bafana star.
Jali further noted that Mashaba’s policy of rotating the captain’s armband ensured that all the players within the squad felt equal and valued.
“In this team we are all the same, the only difference is that only one person has the armband but we are all on the same level. We are all leaders on the field which makes the job of the captain of the day much easier,” he concluded.
It remains to be seen who Mashaba will name as his captain throughout the AFCON tournament, however indications are that either Dean Furman or Anele Ngcongca will skipper the side in Equatorial Guinea.