Cape Town - Bidvest Wits midfielder Granwald Scott says he received a boost by being handed the captain's armband for the 2-0 win over Mauritian side Pamplemousses in the CAF Champions League last Saturday.
Scott made his first start since playing against Ajax Cape Town in early December as he has been battling with an ankle injury.
Regular skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo took no part in the preliminary round first leg tie this past weekend at the BidVest Stadium in Johannesburg.
The 30-year-old said being handed the captaincy by coach Gavin Hunt was unexpected: "It was kind of a surprise because we had our vice-captain (Buhle Mkhwanazi) in the starting line-up, but the coach knows what he’s doing.
"I think it's also about trying to get my confidence up, especially having come back from injury, because it's often difficult to come back when the team is doing well.
"There’s quite a few midfielders that’s training to be in contention for selection, so the captain’s armband and the victory certainly helped my confidence a bit."
Speaking about the victory over the Mauritian Premier League champions, he added: "It was quite difficult after 60 minutes and, even though the opposition wasn’t that competitive, I feel we should have had eight or nine goals.
"But I’m happy to have at least gotten 90 minutes under my belt, and it feels good to be back in contention again."