Elasto follows in dad’s footsteps

Elasto Kapowezha, the teenage football sensation, is edging closer to realising his dream of playing professional football and in the process maintaining the legacy carved by one of local football’s famed dynasties.

Elasto Kapowezha.
Elasto Kapowezha.

Kapowezha, son of ex-Zimbabwe defender, spoke of his excitement of following in his father’s footsteps by representing the senior Bidvest Wits side after playing in the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC), a newly-formed South African setup catering for players knocking on the doors of first team football as well as senior players regaining fitness after spells on the sidelines.

“It means a lot (playing in the tournament) because I have always looked up to my dad and have always wanted to be like him. He has been supporting me as well,” the 18-year-old said in an interview after he broke into the Clever Boys’ MDC side.

“The level in the Diski Challenge is very high and so is the competition. Playing in this league is a very good experience and playing there shows I’m close to playing professional. We play against some professionals so it’s a good experience but very tough,” said the player who is turning out for the side his countryman, Charles Yohane, coaches.

The matric student, Wits’ reigning Junior Player of the Year, is son to Elasto , the former Wits and Warriors star who had stints with Darryn T and Caps United in his homeland as well as in Poland.

The senior Kapowezha’s father, Ephert Lungu, is a former Zimbabwe captain and the country’s 1983 Soccer Star of the year. An uncle of the teenage striker, Isaac Lungu, represented the now-defunct but popular Ziscosteel.

“It runs in the family. I hope he surpasses both his dad and grandfather,” said Kapowezha senior, now a respected analyst.

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