Highlands Park goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini: “I’m not done yet”

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Highlands Park goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini insists he would be doing himself a disservice if he hangs up his gloves at 36.

Contrary to February reports that he would retire at the end of the season, Kapini, who turns 36 in July, has no plans to call time on his playing career, just yet.

“I know I can still create plenty football memories together with my team-mates,” the Zimbabwean told FARPost. “As long as my legs can carry me, and the body is willing I will keep going.

“At this stage, I feel good physically and mentally and I’m raring to keep trudging forward,” he added frivolously.

Kapini has been playing football at the highest level for exactly two decades after making his debut in 2000 for the now defunct Black Aces in Zimbabwe.

He rose to stardom at Highlanders Football Club, winning the League title thrice in his homeland before joining the great trek to South Africa.

The Zimbabwean has featured between the sticks for his current club Highlands Park, AmaZulu and Silver Stars (now Platinum Stars) since 2006 and has notched up 191 starts for the three clubs. He has conceded 238 goals and kept 53 clean sheets.

“At this point, it’s also about sharing my experience and guiding the younger players.”

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Kapini has captained all the clubs he’s played for. Highlanders, Platinum Stars, AmaZulu and Highlands Park.

Understandably, he draws inspiration from Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon, who still plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Juventus at 42.

Locally, he has Amazulu goalkeeper, Moneeb Josephs, to look up to. Josephs, the League’s oldest player this season, turns 40 in exactly a fortnight.

“Moneeb inspires a lot of us, I’ve played with a couple of young goalkeepers from Cape Town who acknowledge that he has influenced their careers incredibly.

“He is the kind of guy you want emulate.”

Kapini has a year left on his contract with the Lions of the North and will look to impress his coach Owen Da Gama when football finally returns after the ongoing involuntary Covid-19 hiatus.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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