Nedbank battle of the buddies

One team struggling for survival in the ABSA Premiership and another staring at relegation from the National First Division - long time buddies, Tapuwa Kapini and Ralph Matema face a similar fate.

Tapuwa Kapini
Tapuwa Kapini

They face each other in the Nedbank Cup next Saturday – not a Category A clash, but for the two Zimbabweans, who starred at the same time for Highlanders, it is worth talking about. Goalkeeper Kapini will be trying to prevent the same goals striker Matema will be determined to score.

Both are experts in their position, Kapini’s heroics between the posts having kept Amazulu in the competition as he saved a penalty and scored another, when his side beat Ajax Cape Town in a shootout last week. Matema has been top scorer for Witbank Spurs since joining from Pirates three years ago.

Six Zimbabweans will have stake in the game. Kapini will star alongside Carlington Nyadombo and Ramson Zhuwawo, while underdogs Spurs have twin brothers Peter and Patrick Mubaiwa and Matema.

Matema, pledged more goals: “This is a Cup game and we will need to score as many goals as possible to book a place in the next round. It will be interesting to score against Kapini. He should be mindful of other players as well as they also want to help the team through,” he said.

Kapini, who seemed on his way to join Orlando Pirates, but moved to the then-Silver Stars, has been more successful. He won the Telkom Knockout with Stars in 2006 and has gone on to captain the team. He is now a skipper at Amazulu, where he has hit top form.

A nagging knee injury has kept Matema’s career under check, wrecking his stay at Pirates and putting a damper on his attempts to return to the top league.

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