The South African national football team will have a new leadership group when the nation embarks on its 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign against Zimbabwe after coach Hugo Broos announced his new captain on Monday.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the match, the Belgian tactician confirmed SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams as the new Bafana Bafana 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 respective 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 have been drawn alongside the pair and Ethiopia in Group G and get their campaign underway on Friday in Harare against the Warriors, before returning to South Africa for a clash against the Black Stars three days later.