Kap­ini: I didn’t stop be­liev­ing in my­self

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

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

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