Kapini says SA goalkeepers must work with foreign keepers and learn from them

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Zimbabwean goalkeeper, Tapuwa Kapini, has challenged local shot stoppers to work extra hard to topple their foreign counterparts for starting berths in the Premier Soccer League. (PSL).

The 35-year-old former Warriors captain was responding to concerns raised by Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki few weeks ago. Ntseki had said that he was worried about lack of game time for South African goalkeepers in the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship.

About 50% of the PSL teams prefer foreign goalkeepers as their number one’s.

“The national team coach should be glad that almost all foreign keepers are number one’s in their respective countries,” said Kapini.

“[Denis] Onyango plays for Uganda, [Richard] Ofori plays for Ghana, [Elvis] Chipezeze is Zimbabwean number one. No foreign keepers who come to South Africa and gets the number one position,” he said.
“They all start on the bench. Akpeyi (Daniel) started on the bench at [Kaizer] Chiefs but worked hard to claim the position.”

The Highlands Park goalkeeper came to South Africa in 2006 to join now defunct Platinum Stars before moving to AmaZulu five years later.

“South African goalkeepers should work hard to reclaim places in the local teams. Just because you are a local keeper doesn’t guarantee you a place, you need to work for it,” added Kapini.

“They must work closely with foreign keepers in their teams and learn from them. Where we came from, we worked hard. Our only goal when we come to South Africa is to win that jersey and keep it.

“Some foreign keepers like Chipezeze and Ofori have been made captains in their teams which makes it even more difficult for local keepers. They must match the work ethic of foreign keepers,” Kapini emphasised.

Kapini likened the foreign glovemen dominance to past years when equally quality strikers flocked into the local league.

“I remember when quality strikers came into this League. Strikers like Benjani Mwaruwaru and Mugeyi (Wilfred). Its improved defenders. They became wiser because of the quality of strikers they were facing. They learned and improved,” concluded Kapini.

By Innocent Ngwenya

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