AmaZulu captain Tapuwa Kapini says he is pleased with his performance since returning from injury and is hoping to keep another clean sheet when they face SuperSport United on Wednesday night.
The Zimbabwean international missed almost the entire first half of the season due to injury as he underwent surgery on his ankle, but managed to make his comeback towards the end of last year to help the team turn the corner.
While he was virtually a spectator during the 0-0 draw against Maritzburg United last Tuesday as most of the action was at the other end, he did show his presence during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Lamontville Golden Arrows.
The 28-year-old denied Thamsanqa Gabuza twice in the first half before pulling off a brilliant save in the dying moments of the game to deny Lucky Nguzana a late equaliser, but he believes it was all in a day’s work.
“It’s up to us to work as a team to move away from where we are but I’m happy with my return,” said Kapini.
“As a goalkeeper you have to lead by example, that’s why they always say that goalkeepers win you matches.
“All over the world there are goalkeepers who are doing well for their teams week in and week out and I think that’s what motivates me to play well.
“It was difficult to sit on the sidelines with an injury while the team was not doing well but at the same time I cannot fault ‘Kati’ (Mzimela) or ‘Philo’ (Zikalala) because they tried their best, it was just a difficult time for the team.
“I’ve conceded four goals in the last five games since I came back, and the last two games we managed to keep two clean sheets, so I’m pleased with that so far.”
Kapini is very much aware that keeping another clean sheet against Matsatsantsa on Wednesday night will be the first step in ensuring a positive result, but is also hopeful that they will defend and attack as a team in order to come away with maximum points.
“It’s all up to the team – at the end of the day it’s a team task, so if we defend well from the strikers all the way to the defenders, then we can keep another clean sheet,” said Kapini.
“The best form of defending is attacking so we’ll try to continue playing the way we have been playing, going forward and hopefully score more goals.
“SuperSport United is a strong team, they’ve won the league on a number of occasions and I’m sure they also want to move up the table, but we’ll go out there looking for another win for us and for the supporters.”