Maritzburg United defender Brian Mandela skippered Kenya against Sudan and capped a fine afternoon on Tuesday 31 May with the equalizing goal that saw Harambee Stars pick a 1 – 1 draw with their northern neighbours.
The defender donned the armband in the absence of skipper Victor Wanyama and speaking afterwards, he termed it a big honor to lead his country.
He is expected to keep his position in the team for the game against Congo on Sunday 5 June and he says the team took vital lessons in the Sudan game and will be looking to address their mistakes ahead of the 2017 AFCON qualifier.
He also called on fans to come out in numbers to support the team in the match.
“I feel honored to don the national team armband and even more to get the goal that ensured we did not lose at home. Going forward I want to help the team get a better result against Congo in the coming game.
“We have taken vital lessons from this match and we will be hoping to build on the result as well as to rectify the mistakes we did.
“We also need fans to come out on the day and support the team. Doing this without the fans can be very hard,” he said.