Kaizer Chiefs confirmed that, going into the new season, Itumeleng Khune will be captain of the club.
Khune lost the armband to ex-Chiefs man, Tefu Mashamaite, in the 2014/15 season under the tutelage of Stuart Baxter. Being injury-prone, Khune spent much of the season in rehabilitation, prompting Baxter to give Masha the armband.
After the departures of both Masha and Baxter at the end of 2014/15 season, Siphiwe Tshabalala was named as the man to lead Amakhosi to glory by new coach, Steve Komphela. But things didn’t turn out well for the Naturena-based outfit. Judging from the reception given when Shabba was named captain, one could assume the latest developments would be welcomed the Amakhosi faithful.
Tshabalala was never given much support from Chiefs fans, and was largely blamed for the club's poor 2015/16 season. His performances were always met with criticism, despite the numbers backing him. It was always suggested Khune should be reinstated as captain and he has eventually retained his captaincy.
But one wonders how will this decision affect Shabba and the team at large. Such decisions usually disrupt the harmony of the team, the performance of the player and create factions within the squad. I have no doubt Khune will be supported, but there must still be questions raised over stripping Shabba of the captaincy.
Was it the right move and was it a wise move by the coach?
*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.