Thulani Hlatshwayo of South Africa during the 2013 Nelson Mandela Challenge football match between South Africa and Nigeria at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 14 August 2013 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana of South Africa have appointed defender Thulani Hlatshwayo of Bidvest Wits as their new captain. This comes days ahead of their AFCON qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, can report.

Thulani Hlatshwayo 27, takes over the captaincy of the team from long-serving goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune who’s position in the starting eleven is not guaranteed following the arrival of their new coach.

Thulani Hlatshwayo joined the South Africa national team in 2013 and has raked up 22 caps for Bafana Bafana since then.