South Africa coach Pitso Mosimane has named Everton playmaker Steven Pienaar as his new vice-captain.
The Everton midfielder took over the captain's armband when Aaron Mokoena came off at half-time against Ghana. MacBeth Sibaya used to be the number two, but Pienaar surprisingly took over the armband.
Mosimane said after the game that 'Schillo' fared better against the Ghanaians compared to his dismal World Cup performance because he is one of the leaders now.
"We announced him as the second captain. He showed leadership and maturity. I spoke to him and he said 'Coach, I think I'm ready to lead the team'. So I think he led from the front… He is aware he's got a lot more responsibility on his shoulders," Mosimane revealed, according to Kickoff.com.
Mosimane further suggested Pienaar played better thanks to a positional change in the national team.
"We played him on the right side [of midfield]. I think he is more effective playing on the right of midfield than playing as a second striker. Everybody in the country has been saying Pienaar must be behind the strikers, but I believe his position is on the right of midfield," Mosimane added.
Pienaar had a terrific season with Everton last season, but his drop in form over the 2010 World Cup has been highlighted by the Castrol Rankings, where he has dropped 190 places to the 312th best player plying his trade in Europe.