Bafana Bafana name new captain
JOHANNESBURG. — Goalkeeper Ronwen Williams will lead Bafana Bafana when they begin their 2022 World Cup quest with a date against the Warriors in Harare on Friday.
Williams, who is under the guidance of Zimbabwean coach Kaitano Tembo at SuperSport United, has been handed the responsibility to lead South Africa.
New coach, Hugo Broos, yesterday named a new Bafana Bafana captain, and vice-captain, ahead of matches against the Warriors and the Black Stars of Ghana.
Speaking at a press conference,e ahead of the two matches, the Belgian tactician confirmed Williams was now the new captain, with star forward, Percy Tau, promoted to the vice-captain’s role.
“It is no coincidence that Ronwen and Percy are here with me,” Broos said. “As you know, we had to choose a new captain so I have decided to have Ronwen as our captain, and Percy as second (vice-captain).
“First of all, I think Ronwen is a personality, he is a man who has experience.
“He is also a man who can communicate, which is very important, and on the other side you have Percy, who is a bit more quiet but has experience in several European teams and I think he has the respect of the locker room.’’
Williams and Tau’s appointments follow Thulani Hlatshwayo’s continued absence from the national team and marks a new era ahead of the country’s upcoming qualifiers against neighbours Zimbabwe and Ghana.
Bafana Bafana legend, Benni McCarthy, believes the nature of Percy Tau’s departure from Brighton & Hove Albion could make it harder for South African footballers to make it to the Premier League in the future.
Tau’s brief stint in the English top-flight came to an end last week when he completed a move from Brighton to Egyptian giants, Al Ahly. The highly-publicised deal has divided opinion among South African football fans.
McCarthy believes it could impact his countrymen’s chances of landing moves to the English top-flight in future.
“I am also a bit taken aback by his decision of going to Al Ahly but he’s not gone to just any team,” McCarthy told South African football journalists.
“He’s gone to a team where he’s always going to live the limelight, but on the African continent.
“And, him making that decision, which I know is probably just people’s opinion and the way they think in a negative way, has just made it kind of clear that this is what South African players are like, that they don’t have strong will power, they don’t have a strong mentality, that when the going gets tough, they would rather take themselves out of the equation.
“As good as Al Ahly is, they are still in Africa. “They are not on the European continent, they don’t play against the best players in the world, they don’t play week in and week out against the Liverpools, Chelseas, Man Uniteds, the Tottenham Hotspurs.
“They play against Pyramids, Arab Contractors, Zamalek.
“As good as their league is, the fact remains they are in Africa, so for me, it’s a massive step down for him.
“But, hopefully, he gets to play and he gets to do well and he improves every bit.’’ — Kickoff.com.
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