AmaZulu may not have any representation at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, but it hasn’t stopped Zimbabwean captain Tapuwa Kapini from adopting a nation to support.
‘Campos’ and his teammates have been training hard in preparation for the resumption of the second half of the League in February. But at the same time, the players are anticipating the biggest African soccer showpiece, which starts in three days’ time.
“We are a bit disappointed as players from AmaZulu, that there is no one who is representing our team during this Afcon. But we just have to use it as motivation for the future because we know it’s a good opportunity to play against those so called big players,” Kapini said.
“It’s one of those experiences that you need in your career as a footballer. If you take for example our match against Manchester United, the way we played, we had an experience.
“I think that’s what it all comes down to. One day maybe one of the players from AmaZulu will be called up to the South African national team as well,” said Kapini.
The experienced goalkeeper did not fail to mention that the significant amount of time away from PSL football might help AmaZulu’s cause.
“It might not benefit us directly, but at the same time it is a blessing in disguise. Those clubs that are not doing well now have the opportunity to work through all those things that they want to work on.
“When the league starts maybe they will be on a new page. We can complain about why we are not playing, but we are about to watch one of the best African football showpieces.”
Meanwhile Kapini has tipped Ivory Coast to lift the trophy, which was won by Zambia last year.
“I said it last year that Zambia would win, but this year I think Ivory Coast will win. The Ivoirians have quality. Whenever they play they don’t play in one gear like other teams.
“At the same time I am not ruling out Nigeria and Zambia.”