Head Coach of Bafana Bafana, Stuart Baxter heads off to Nigeria to prepare for his side’s match against Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday, June 10.
Baxter had confirmed that Thulani Hlatshwayo will wear the Bafana captaincy. Hlatshwayo will lead the team at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, and embarked on intense training sessions recently.
According to SoccerLaduma, “Baxter oversaw two sessions as he continued to mull over who will be starting against the Super Eagles on Saturday, however he was two men short as Tokelo Rantie and Rivaldo Coetzee trained separately due to injuries.”
After Baxter’s appointment, the country was not only sceptical about SAFA president, Danny Jordaan’s decision, but also questioning who will lead Bafana Bafana.
Baxter had commented on the nature of his decision to appoint Hlatshwayo as captain, saying "He has all the qualities of a captain, playing regularly, has experience and leads by example."
The captaincy was rotated by former head coach, Shakes Mashaba, who managed the team for two years, mentions sport24.
Baxter however looks to follow a different approach, emphasizing a strong belief that the "Captain's armband should be valued, not rotated and moved across 16 players. So this is permanent."
The match between South Africa and Nigeria will take place at 18:00 (South African time).