Warriors out

Warriors shot-stopper, Tapuwa Kapini and Mamelodi Sundowns’ stylish midfielder, Khama Billiat’s playing days this season have come to an abrupt end and both players have voiced disappointment.

Kapini injured and out
Kapini injured and out

The duo recently-revealed it would not recover from the injuries before the end of the ongoing ABSA Premiership season.

“The good news is that they will not perform any operation on me and I thank God for that, but the bad news is that I will be out for the rest of the season,” said Kapini recently. “This is a big challenge to me because I will be out of action for the rest of the season. I miss doing what I love most and I have been injured a lot this season, which is a very sad development in my career.”

Kapini has not featured for Usuthu since he sustained a neck injury during an Absa Premiership clash against Mamelodi Sundowns on March 9.

AmaZulu coach, Craig Rosslee, also expressed concern about Kapini’s injury. “At the moment it’s not good for him because we understand he will be out for the rest of the season, which is of great concern to us as he is our skipper,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sundowns winger Billiat, who was substituted after just 15 minutes during the Nedbank Cup game against Orlando Pirates at Loftus Stadium recently with a foot injury, also highlighted his disappointment on his untimed injury.

He also suffered the same injury in February this year and was spotted in Sundown’s 1-0 triumph over Mpumalanga Black Aces recently, walking on crutches and sporting a brace for his ankle.

“It’s very painful and disappointing to be out in the dying moments of the season. Hard luck soccer lovers, you will only see me next season,” said Billiat recently. Earlier on, his coach Pitso Mosimane had told the South African media that the player would be missed as The Brazilians try a hand on their first PSL title in years.

“Khama is still injured. He’s got a moon-boot on. I think he’s out for the rest of the season. We will miss him. We miss all the players who are out. It’s going to be tough. We continue playing (without Billiat), but we go on,” said Mosimane.

The 23-year-old has been in superb form since his arrival at Sundowns from Ajax Cape Town early this season and was arguably one of the South African Premiership standout performers, alongside players like Warriors-mate Willard Katsande who is at Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates’ Oupa Manyisa and Sibusiso Vilakazi Vilakazi.

The injury is a big blow to Sundowns, who will have to do without the services of their talisman for the remainder of the season. The Brazilians will be hoping to hang on to top spot and eventually clinch the league title under the noses of Kaizer Chiefs and Wits University.

Sundowns are also yet to play SuperSport United and will wrap up their season with a match against Terrance Mandaza’s Maritzburg United on 14 May.

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