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Thu Apr 24 16:09:57 SAST 2014

Tshabalala does not want to dwell on past

Mazola Molefe | 11 September, 2012 07:220 Comments
Bafana Bafana training and press conference
Siphiwe Tshabalala during a Bafana Bafana training session at Royal Marang Sports Complex on June 13, 2012 in Rustenburg, South Africa
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

THE Bafana Bafana captaincy saga has claimed its first victim: Siphiwe Tshabalala, the national team's deputy skipper since November 2010.

He was last week relieved of the vice-captaincy without a word by coach Gordon Igesund.

In the absence of Steven Pienaar, defender Bongani Khumalo was handed the armband on match day against Brazil in Sao Paulo, much to the surprise of the fans. While Tshabalala said yesterday it did not matter to him who captained the national team, he admitted to his thoughts being elsewhere in Bafana's 1-0 defeat by Brazil.

"But it wasn't because I lost out on being the vice-captain. I also lost a lot of possession in the first half and that was a bit disturbing," said Tshabalala, who has 67 Bafana caps.

Igesund, following his appointment as Bafana coach in June, had hinted he would drop Pienaar as captain in favour of Morgan Gould, who was ruled out of action before Igesund could name his squad for Brazil and Mozambique.

However, the coach reiterated yesterday that the Everton playmaker would remain his skipper.

Tshabalala has felt the brunt of a regime change at Bafana, but does not want to make distinct comparisons between the camps of axed national coach Pitso Mosimane and Igesund.

"I don't want to dwell too much on the past. But we have been showing we want to play. It's good that there is now competition for places, which started on the first day we reported for camp," Tshabalala said.

He could be one of the players rested to give new faces a chance tonight against Mozambique.

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