Many players say wearing the captain’s armband is something special, which automatically increases adrenaline levels before and during a match.
Some players dream of being the captain of their teams, but sometimes this does not happen for them during their long and illustrious football careers.
It takes leadership skills and a fire that burns deep inside the belly of a player, for a coach to recognise them as a captain.
In other parts of the world, where football is more popular, club and national team captains are often given respect equal to those holding top government positions.
The Windhoek Observer met up with club and national team captains this week, to glean what it means to them to don the leadership armband.
Brave Warriors player and former African Stars skipper Ronald Ketjijere says being a captain is the greatest honour a player can receive.
“It shows the amount of trust and respect that the coach has in you, because he gives you the responsibility of leading the team on the field of play.
“It comes with huge responsibilities, given that you have to remain bold and strong for your players, even if your team is losing.
“Besides that, it is a special feeling to be a captain, especially when it is for your country,” Ketjijere said.
The 28-year-old midfielder also played for the University of Pretoria, and has 17 national team caps to his name.
Ketjijere started his career at Unam in the Khomas Second Division, and was part of the squad that was promoted to the Southern Stream First Division in 2008.
Da Costa Angula
Angula captained both the national team and his local club side, Black Africa, before moving to South Africa.
He says being captain brings that extra bit of determination, and hypes him up as a player, who has to lead his teammates into battle.
“The fact that the coach has shown that he trusts you with the leading role is a motivation on its own.
“I have experienced the most remarkable feeling, when I wore the captain’s armband.
“However, it also takes courage, because you have to be very commanding and build a good relationship with the players you are leading. “I believe that any player who wears the captain’s armband is motivated and willing to work harder, whenever he is given the responsibility to do so,” Angula said.
The Free State Stars defender has made less than 20 international appearances since 2011, but has already been given the chance to lead the national team.
Mbaeva has been a stand-in captain for both club and country on a number of occasions.
He is one of the few Namibians who have managed to wear the captain’s armband for a club outside the country. Mbaeva has occasionally led his South African club, Golden Arrows, onto the field of play.
The shot-stopper was recently appointed Brave Warriors captain by Coach Ricardo Mannetti, when they played against Senegal in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match.
“Captaining a team is an extraordinary feeling, as it serves as a performance booster.
“The fact that you have to be so disciplined, and lead by example, gives me so much desire to play.
“I have always been delighted to be given a chance to lead a club, even outside Namibia.
“It is a special thing, because of the respect you get from the fans, the coach and the entire club and country’s management,” Mbaeva said.