Stellenbosch Football Club

Langeveldt, Van Rooyen & Mthethwa to lead Stellies captaincy group


Stellenbosch FC’s leadership group will continue to be led by captain Lee Langeveldt this season, with the veteran goalkeeper supported by vice-captains Deano van Rooyen and Sibongiseni Mthethwa throughout the campaign.

Stellenbosch-born goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt (36) has retained the captain’s armband for Stellenbosch FC ahead of the 2023/24 campaign as the club embarks on its fifth consecutive season in the DStv Premiership since being promoted to the top-flight in 2019.

Fellow local Deano van Rooyen (26) will continue in his role as vice-captain, having frequently captained the team last season, and will now be supported by Sibongiseni Mthethwa (28) who has been appointed as another vice-captain within the club’s leadership structures.

“Lee has been with the club for a long time and helped the club earn promotion back in 2019,” head coach Steve Barker explained. “He is a key member of the club and is Stellenbosch through and through, having been born and bred here.

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“The club runs in his veins and he’s always helping to integrate players and to help. He plays a massive role on the field and during training sessions, so it was with zero hesitation that Lee was chosen as our club captain, with two vice-captains in the form of Deano van Rooyen and Sibongiseni Mthethwa.

“Deano is another player who has been with us for many seasons and also helped us win promotion. As a player, he has grown immensely into a key member of the team, and he’s also grown into a leader at the club.

“He’s also a local player who loves the club and he holds the record for the most appearances for Stellenbosch, and he adds massive value as a leader and a captain on the field of play.

“With Sibongiseni Mthethwa, who is a vice captain now, he hasn’t been here long but in the short 18 months, his actions have spoken a lot. The way he plays, the way he drives the team forward and the energy he brings on the field is massive for us.

“He’s usually involved in trying to do community projects and his involvement with the fans is of a really high level. He is well respected by his teammates, and we think that having him alongside Lee and Deano makes for a really good captaincy group.”