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Bafana's COSAFA Captain Confirmed

Lehlogonolo Masalesa Has Been Named As Bafana's COSAFA Cup Captain

By Soccer Laduma - Jun 29, 2017 05:37 PM
Stuart Baxter has named former Orlando Pirates midfielder, Lehlogonolo Masalesa, as his Bafana Bafana captain for the upcoming COSAFA Cup tournament.
 
 
South Africa find out their opponents for the quarterfinals of the competition this evening as Group A comes to a close, with Tanzania the most likely opponents for Baxter’s side on July 2nd.
 
The Englishman recently named Bidvest Wits’ Thulani Hlatshwayo as his permanent captain, however with an experimental team in Rustenburg for this tournament he had to decide on someone to lead his troops.
 
Masalesa, 25, has been playing for Greek side, AE Larissa, so far this year, however it was recently confirmed to the Siya crew that he will be moving on. His qualities did show in Europe though as he became a regular for his team in their successful battle to avoid relegation.
 
When asked why he chose ‘Vieira’ for the armband, Baxter told SAFA.net, “He has presence, character and authority. He also has the experience of playing abroad and here at home, which means players look up to him. They also see his quality on the field and he could serve as an inspiration.”
 
Meanwhile, the player himself was caught off-guard by his coach’s decision, saying, “I won’t lie, I am shocked because we have a few leaders in the team and I did not expect this. But it’s a big honour and I will take in my stride. 
 
“We have a good bunch of players and it should be easy to lead them because there is a lot of respect among everyone, they don’t look at where I play but what I can do on the field. I like how they get along as a group and it makes it easier for the older ones.”

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Maloh11 Joined: 10 Apr 2017
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Maloh11 Jun 30, 2017 08:49 AM
Eish my favourite player Viera12 but plz dont play too much back passes now i hope you improved on that aspect boi
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Pyton Joined: 04 Nov 2016
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Pyton Jun 30, 2017 08:36 AM
Welldone and congrats Viera. To think that Pirates thought you were not good enough........
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MR.Bucs Jun 30, 2017 08:24 AM
Lead the youngsters by example "Vieira",I would like to also congratulate you let's hope we will see you more and more to the National Team.
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MR.Bucs Jun 30, 2017 08:19 AM
Lead the youngsters by example "Vieira",I would like to also congratulate you let's hope we will see you more and more to the National Team.
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MR.Bucs Jun 30, 2017 08:16 AM
Lead the youngsters by example "Vieira",I would like to also congratulate you let's hope we will see you more and more to the National Team.
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Msholozi ll Jun 30, 2017 08:14 AM
Grab dis opportunity with both hands young man
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CECIL M Jun 30, 2017 08:12 AM
gud baxter
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Papa Charles Jun 30, 2017 05:29 AM
@Pythagoras-ABC wch year?
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Pythagoras-ABC Jun 30, 2017 05:12 AM
Portugal without Penaldo won Euro16, but with him, they are eliminated in the confederations cup. NB: It's a fact
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Papa Charles Joined: 27 May 2017
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Papa Charles Jun 30, 2017 04:42 AM
@dicemdise Sum r confused by the word young or am blind who's young there?masalesa?
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dicemdise Jun 30, 2017 04:26 AM
These team is good and young enough, some people wanted Baxter to select under 15, that's ridiculous
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Papa Charles Jun 30, 2017 03:43 AM
4rm chiefs to supersport utd even now he stl prefer old players!He's afraid 2 luz
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jun 30, 2017 02:51 AM
Viera, good luck.
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kat_weBucs Jun 30, 2017 12:13 AM
good choice there coach good luck to the whole team
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Ndouthabang7 Jun 29, 2017 11:17 PM
yah
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Xolisa4,Khosi Jun 29, 2017 10:55 PM
@Thabo d fan True. a weak pirates is a dead PSL. we need them to revive our league. what is wits?
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silenc Jun 29, 2017 10:08 PM
Baxter has too much surprise but what i know viera is a good player is just in south Africa there's too much muti good players don't play but those last number cows play week in & week out
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Mentashe Jun 29, 2017 09:55 PM
MMM
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Thabo d fan Jun 29, 2017 09:38 PM
For the past decade pirates was known for bossing the midfield but the past 3 seasons we'very been a joke... need it to remind you that sarr was brought by Floyd?
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Thabo d fan Jun 29, 2017 09:35 PM
MASALESA IS ALSO SLOW AND LOSES POSSESSION CHEAPLY

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