Kapini racing to get fit

Zimbabwe national team’s first-choice goalkeeper, Tapuwa Kapini, is fighting to recover from injury in time for The Warriors’ crunch away African Nations Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde.


Second-placed Zimbabwe, who trail leaders Mali by a point, visit the Islanders for their final group A match next Saturday seeking nothing short of an outright win that might see them leap-frog Mali, who travel to fellow Wets Africans, Liberia on the same day.

Should the Warriors win and Mali fail to beat Liberia, then Zimbabwe will go through as automatic qualifiers, but they also stand a chance of making it through to the Equatorial Guinea/Gabon finals as the best runners-up should they win alongside the group leaders.

Kapini, who captains South Africa’s ABSA Premiership side, Amazulu, said he was looking forward to healing before the crunch game, after he missed Amazulu’s midweek game – a 4-0 league win over Ajax Cape Town with the injury.

He sustained the injury after an awkward fall during his side’s 1-3 away loss to Bidvest Wits last Saturday.

“I did not play against Ajax because of the injury I sustained on my head and neck in the Wits game,” said Kapini.

He was injured after colliding with giant Wits striker, Sifiso Vilakazi, in the second half. The Amazulu skipper fell awkwardly after the collision, but soldiered on to finish that match, played at the Bidvest Stadium.

As he prepared to travel for national team duty with Zimbabwe, he expressed hope that he would have fully recovered.

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