Fransman has lead the side before, but the departure of Denis Weidlich to Bidvest Wits has seen the Cape Town-born central defender being given the position on a full-time basis.
His seniority and natural leadership skills make the skipper’s arm-band a comfortable fit for the former Kaizer Chiefs, Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United defender, who has featured in 45 of Maritzburg’s last 50 league encounters.
“I’ve always seen myself as a senior player in the side and have tried to guide the younger boys and be a leader as much as I can,” said Fransman.
“So taking over from where Denis left off, I just have to continue leading the team forward and helping the young players. It’s a great honour, following on from previous skippers like Denis, Kurt Lentjies, Shu-aib Walters.”
Head coach Fadlu Davids has given Bevan his full-backing and says he was a natural choice:
"Bevan’s a fantastic leader who has been in the game for a number of years. He’s respected throughout the squad and he’s the perfect leader to take us forward. He was always a leader and as the vice-captain it and automatic progression that he takes over," he said.
Meanwhile. speaking on the club’s January transfer business, which saw Weidlich and Evans Rusike departing and William Twala and Bokang Thlone coming in, Fransman is optimistic that the Team of Choice can deliver on their mandate of a strong top eight finish to the league.
“That’s football, players come and players go. Danso was a quality defender and a great leader, and Evans was a fantastic goal-scorer. But we know the club has to do business to stay afloat,” he explained.
“William Twala is an experienced campaigner, so I expect him to come in a make a positive impact. Once Thlone gets fit, we’ll also have a nice natural left-footer in the side which we need. We just have to continue and keep pushing forward, keep focussing on the job at hand which is to claim a top eight finish.”
For now, Fransman and his team-mates turn their attention to the Nedbank Cup – they face Swallows FC in a last 32 match at Dobsonville on Saturday (15H30).
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