August given captain's armband

Bradley August is the man who has been given the captain's armband at Ajax Cape Town following the departure of former skipper Alfred Phiri to Moroka Swallows.

August, who won the Sportsman of the Year award at the club's recent prize-giving, has been rewarded for his loyalty, dedication and professional attitude by being given the task of attempting to lead the Urban Warriors to their first ever league title this season.

The new skipper was rather modest about his appointment, saying it came as a surprise to him.

"It came as a shock when I was told this morning that I would be the new captain, " he told the Ajax website.

"I have being playing professional soccer for eight or nine years now and this is the first time that I have been made the captain, but I am confident that I will do a good job."

August added that he does not think the additional responsibilities the armband will bring will affect his game.

"I will go out onto the field and give 100% as usual. I will be looking to lead by example on the field, and of course I will need to do my captaincy duties off the field as well, which will include becoming involved in social upliftment projects and such things."

Urban Warriors coach Gordon Igesund is confident that he has chosen the right man for the job.

"I have no doubt that I have made the right choice in selecting Bradley as the new captain.

"I have known him for three and a half years now and I believe that he has all the qualities to be an excellent skipper," said Igesund.

Igesund praised August for his excellent showing last season in which he was often played out of position, but still always gave his all for the team.

"Bradley is a team player who can always be counted on. He is a honest and hard-working professional who is well respected by all the players and everyone at the club.

"I also think that it is great for a 'local boy' to captain the team," added Igesund.

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