It was my decision to strip Phiri off the captaincy – Kerr

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Baroka new head coach Dylan Kerr has explained why he felt there was a need for him to strip off the team’s captaincy from Gerald Phiri Jnr to Elvis Chipezeze.

The Malawian international took over the captaincy from the departed Mduduzi Mdantsane in November only to be replaced by the current Zimbabwean number one keeper, Chipezeze this month.

The move was heavily criticised by the loyal Bakgaga faithfuls who feel chairman Khurishi Mphahlele was destabilising the team with the move.

But Kerr has since revealed that the decision was his, upon realising that Chipezeze was a more qualified and natural leader within the squad.

“100% my decision I spoke to the chairman, I spoke to the management and we were all in agreement of the decision. For me there was nothing wrong with Phiri I think he is talented player that needs to concentrate on his job,” Kerr told FARPost.co.za.

Elvis Chipezeze is the new skipper.

“I like to have a centre back or possibly a full back as captain but I liked his (Elvis Chipezeze) talented character I liked his energy in training and I just thought for me it was the right decision and everybody agreed, even the players were happy about it,” he said.

“If somebody is made captain and half the players like it and half the players don’t like it the straight away you are one nil down so I made that decision and I think it was a right one. I honestly didn’t know that they had just changed the captain weeks before that but Phiri is a young lad and he needs to concentrate on his football game rather than having the responsibility of being captain.”

Baroka will travel to the Athlone Stadium on Friday night to face Stellenbosch.

Stellies are 11th on the Absa Premiership log with 18 points from 18 matches while Bakgaga are a point and a position below of the Cape side with the same number of matches.

By Ofhani Munyai

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