Orlando Pirates’ new coach Jose Riveiro has described the club’s newly-appointed skipper Innocent Maela as a “full package” player and says he deserves the captaincy.
Maela was recently confirmed as the new skipper for Pirates after the departure of fellow defender and former captain Happy Jele from the club.
Riveiro was very involved in the selection of Maela, 29, who joined the Buccaneers youth structures as a teenager in 2008 before moving on to play for Witbank Spurs and Thanda Royal Zulu.
Maela returned to Pirates in 2017 and has been an integral part of the club.
“The new captain is a full package,” Riveiro said.
“The club management was involved in selecting him as the captain, as was the technical team and the players.
“We were all on the same page in this decision and we all agreed that Innocent and Richard (Ofori) are excellent options for us.”
Ghanaian goalkeeper Ofori has been appointed vice-captain.