Why was Ažbe Jug left without his captain’s armband before th derby with Celje? Šimundža prefers to see the captain as a field player
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Maribor took on Celje and lost 0:1 in front of 6500 spectators. Before the game, many people noticed that Maribor had a new captain for the Štajerska derby. Until now, the armband was worn by Ažbe Jug, but this time he was “only” the goalkeeper.
Maribor’s coach Ante Šimundža gave the armband to experienced midfielder Blaž Vrhovec, and after the match, which was decided by Celje’s Mark Zabukovnik, he explained why he decided to make such a move.
“When I spoke to the players, Ažbe Jug was one of the captains, but not the first in line. This is something that has already been decided. I always prefer the captain to be in the field. It has a bigger impact. I did not take this role away from Ažbet. That has always been the order,“, Ante Šimundza made it clear that he did not follow the leadership hierarchy in the locker room, but just handed over the armband to a player who was already one of the captains of Štajerska giant.
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