Orlando Pirates head coach, Josef Zinnbauer explained why Thulani ‘Tyson’ Hlatshwayo took over the armband this weekend when his side locked horns with Cape Town City.
Tyson, who made his debut for the Bucs on Saturday evening, was handed the captain's armband during the MTN8 encounter, this in the absence of Happy Jele who was named on the bench.
However, according to Zinnbauer, the German mentor revealed that there are several players with the quality to lead as a team captain, though in Jele’s absence, it is normal to choose a player like Hlatshwayo to take over the band as he is already the captain of the national team.
“Happy is normally the club captain and when Happy is not in the game then it is Tyson, Tyson is a national player, he is the captain at the national team and he had the (qualifications) for this. Happy also. But most of the time it isn’t important which guy has the armband and which guy has the quality to lead the squad and Happy and Tyson and maybe Ntseki are the players, they have a close circle and manage it very well. It is not a problem for Happy, it’s not a problem for Tyson,” Zinnbauer told the media after the game.
After securing their spot in the semi-finals of the MTN8 competition, the Bucs will travel away to AmaZulu FC for the opening DStv Premiership fixture and it remains to be seen who will be donning the armband on the night.