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SuperSport coach Gordon Igesund explains why Dean Furman took over armband from Thuso Phala

Posted: 1 October 2015 Time: 10:38

SuperSport United coach Gordon Igesund has explained why Thuso Phala is no longer captain of the club.

Phala scored one and assisted the other as SuperSport beat Polokwane City 2-1 on Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout, but Phala was without the armband despite him being the club’s official captain.

Igesund explains: “I was speaking to some players and I told Thuso I wanted more from him. Thuso said, ‘Coach, you know what I need to focus more on my game, I need to concentrate on my game and my request to you is to relieve me of the armband’. I said to him that I don’t really want to do that because I’m happy with him as captain and I’m happy with his leadership.

“Yes, his form had dipped, but he said he should focus on his game and not other things. And I told him that I respect the way he feels. I did that for him [relieve him of the armband] and he was very happy. You saw by his performance [against Polokwane]… His decision to give up the armband was for the team.”

Meanwhile, Dean Furman was wearing the armband against City but Igesund adds that was just for one game as he didn’t have much time to name a new permanent captain with the focus being on the game.

“I told Dean he would be the captain for the game, but I need to go back and apply myself and now I have time to think about what I want to do as far as that is concerned,” Igesund concludes.

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