With former skipper Robyn Johannes now at Bidvest Wits, City earlier this week announced that right-back Mkhize will now don the armband, an appointment that has left the defender “honoured and humbled”.
“To be entrusted with a leadership position is not an easy thing and comes with a lot of responsibility, both on and off the field, but I’m feel I’m ready to lead the team,” he said. “Obviously with the help of my teammates and the senior members of the team, I believe I will be able to fulfil my duties.
“I’m honoured and humbled by the opportunity the club, the coach and his technical team have given me, and it shows the faith they have in me that I can be able to lead the team.”
Since failing to agree to a new deal and therefore leaving previous club Maritzburg United two years ago, Mkhize has enjoyed a stellar upward trajectory in his career. He made the right-back position at City his own as he helped them to Telkom Knockout honours in their maiden season, before then earning a Bafana Bafana call-up and now being named his club’s new captain.
“I did the right thing by listening to my heart – I’m the one who asked to leave Maritzburg United as I wanted to challenge myself and wanted to play for a team that challenged for everything in the league, so I believe I made the right decision in joining Cape Town City,” he said.
Mkhize says he’s eager to get the new season underway, and hopes playing their first game at home will work in their favour against Saturday’s opponents SuperSport United.
“The fact that we are playing at home will give us the advantage,” he said. “It’s important for us to start well, and I’m looking forward to it.”