No stroll in the park- Kapini

Zimbabwe first choice goalkeeper, Tapuwa Kapini, who has signed for one of South Africa’s biggest teams, said while he was confident of making his mark at Amazulu, he did not expect a starting position to come on a silver platter.

Tapiwa Kapini
Tapiwa Kapini

The Warriors keeper signed for Amazulu this season and his experience puts him in good stead to get the Number One jersey – but he warns it will not be that easy.

Kapini, who has 50 national team appearances and two African Nations Cup finals tournaments to his name, is vying for the goalkeeper’s jersey with the duo of Brilliant Khuzwayo and Mbongeni Mzimela at Usuthu.

“I am expecting a big challenge from the goal keepers that are here and I am not expecting to just walk into the team,” says Kapini, who joined his new team at training this past weekend after a move from Platinum Stars.

“I hope to get to know my new teammates better and do the rest of the talking on the pitch. Before the end of the season, if we would have played well as team I think we can achieve something.”

The 28-year-old Kapini joined following more than five seasons at Stars, where he was recruited by coach Owen da Gama from Zimbabwe side Highlanders.

At Stars, he initially struggled for game time as former youth keeper Wayne Sandilands maintained a stranglehold on the first team jersey. After a stint out because of injury, Sandilands, who has since moved to Mamelodi Sundowns, found it a tall order to dispossess Kapini of a starting position.

Last season, da Gama gave Kapini the captain’s armband following impressive performances and leadership skills.

Amazulu signed him from the Rustenburg-based Stars to beef up their defence which leaked goals like a sieve last season, culminating in a low finish in the Absa Premiership.

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