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Wed Apr 23 19:21:57 SAST 2014

Bafana captain still to be decided

SY LERMAN | 19 July, 2012 07:450 Comments
FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Botswana v South Africa
Steven Pienaar of South Africa attacks during the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Botswana at University of Botswana Stadium on June 09, 2012 in Gaborone, Botswana
Image by: Duif Du Toit / Gallo Images

GORDON Igesund will decide who will captain Bafana before September 7.

The coach said this week that the decision would be made before Bafana take on Brazil in Sao Paulo that Friday night.

Will the new coach retain the old captain, Steven "Schillo" Pienaar?

Igesund sparked debate over the Bafana captaincy last week at a breakfast talk when he said there were a number of competent players who could fill the role, pointing to Morgan Gould, who was in the audience, as one of them.

But, on Tuesday, the Bafana coach diplomatically came out with the assertion that "at this moment Steven Pienaar is the Bafana captain".

"What I want to do before stating categorically who will lead the team on the pitch before the next game against Brazil is to have a long chat with Steven," said Igesund.

He said he and the current captain would discuss how Pienaar felt about filling the position.

"You know some players revel in the role while others are happier concentrating on their individual performance as far as helping the team is concerned," said Igesund.

Pienaar's record of scoring a paltry three goals in 62 international appearances for Bafana could persuade Igesund that the player is better off without the burden of leading the team.

"I'm going to wherever my objectives take me," said Igesund. He will visit Britain, other parts of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

"I'll be hoping to hold discussions with every overseas-based player who is on my list as a potential South African representative, their club managers and their agents.

"In this way I will have a clearer picture of the talent at my disposal - and know how to blend the overseas-based players with the local products in the PSL."

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