Kapini: I didn’t stop believing in myself
Gaining promotion to the Premiership was a personal victory for Highlands Park captain Tapuwa Kapini. Kapini refused to give up after he was dumped by AmaZulu FC last year. The 31-year-old Zimbabwean goalkeeper said he refused to be crushed by the disappointment and didn’t stop believing in himself. If anything, the AmaZulu heartbreak made him stronger and more determined to prove a point. And prove it he did when he kept three clean sheets to help Highlands win promotion, with a game to go. “I am a great believer in my ability. Wherever I go, people believe in me and I am just happy about this achievement. “I will cherish this moment for the rest of my life. Nobody believed in me when I left AmaZulu, but I never doubted my abilities. “This is like my first time [when I was at AmaZulu] to be in the Premiership and it means a lot to be back,” said Kapini. Highlands lost their first game of the season to Moroka Swallows and Kapini said that set the tone for their season as they went on to improve from that performance. He believes that, with the kind of experience they have in the team, they would not just make up the numbers, but would compete in the top league. He credited experienced campaigners in the team, such as Jermaine Christian, Rudi Isaacs and Stanley Kgatla, for steering the ship and leading it to the promised land. “They were all prepared to fight for the team. Even the coach’s experience of having been there before helped us because we all fought as a team. We don’t want to be one-season wonders. “We are prepared to fight in every game and we have the players to do that.” But he conceded they would need more experienced players in the team to survive in the Premiership.
OVER THE MOON Highlands Park captain Tapuwa Kapini kept three clean sheets in the playoffs