Ajax Cape Town held a season-opening media conference today where they introduced their future vision to the press as well as unveiling the new team captain for the 2003/2004 campaign.
The man who will be responsible for leading the Urban Warriors into their new era of success is former Bafana Bafana midfielder Maimane Phiri, who will be taking over the reigns from last season's captain, Robert Nauseb.
Manager Gordon Igesund was full of praise for Phiri, saying that the former Cosmos man is well respected by his fellow players, has natural leadership abilities and is committed to the team's cause.
Igesund said that it was a very difficult decision to make and explained that the main reason for the change in the captaincy was due to the fact that the Premier Soccer League rules state that a team may only have four foreign born players on the field at any one time.
With Ajax having recently signed four DRC internationals and Nauseb being a foreigner (Namibian) himself, the former Chiefs midfielder could not be guaranteed a place in the starting line-up week in, week out, resulting in the Ajax management deciding to hand the captain's armband to Phiri in order to maintain consistency.
Ajax begin their league campaign with an "away" trip to the Athlone Stadium to play Hellenic on Wednesday, August 27.
Read more on the web site of Ajax Cape Town