Tshabalala to replace Pienaar as South Africa captain

Reuters, Friday 26 Aug 2011

Simphiwe Tshabalala named South Africa's captain for the Nations Cup qualifier against Niger following the injury of Steven Pienaar

Simphiwe Tshabalala

Simphiwe Tshabalala, who scored the opening goal at last year’s World Cup, will captain South Africa in their African Nations Cup qualifier in Niger next week in the absence of the injured Steven Pienaar, officials said.

Pienaar is one of three South African international based in England, who will miss the game because of injury and are absent from a 24-man squad named by coach Pitso Mosimane.

Kagisho Dikgacoi of Crystal Palace and Davide Somma of Leeds United have also been ruled out of the match in Niamey on Sept. 4.

An away win for South Africa would confirm their place at next year’s Nations Cup tournament, which is being co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

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