Kapini – Whole team deserves accolades

AmaZulu goalkeeper and captain Tapuwa Kapini believes the whole team deserves to be rewarded for the effort they put in during the 2011/12 season.

Usuthu finished in seventh place on the Absa Premiership table, the club’s best finish since the inception of the Premier Soccer League.

Furthermore, Roger Palmgren’s men also overcame tough challenges from two Cape sides to reach the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup.

On Friday, the club will honour the top performers from last season and Kapini has been nominated for Player of the Season and the Suncoast Moment of Brilliance and has another chance of being named the Player’s Player of the Season.

However, the Zimbabwean international was quick to divert the attention from himself as he believes the entire team contributed towards the club’s revival.

“Individual awards are okay because they are a sign that you are doing a good job, but the most important thing is what you achieve as a team,” said Kapini.

“I will be happy if I receive an award, such recognition is good motivation for any player, but in my opinion everyone in the team deserves something.

“The whole squad, the technical team and all the support staff who work behind the scenes make it possible for the club to achieve good results.”

Kapini joined AmaZulu from Platinum Stars ahead of the start of last season and immediately fitted into the squad as he claimed the captain’s armband and went on to keep 11 clean sheets in 27 league games.

The 28-year-old says the secret to adapting quickly lies in not trying to be bigger than the team.

“If you’re in Zululand you have to do what the Zulus do,” he said.

“It’s very important to be humble and to listen to advice so you can adapt to culture of the club and connect with your teammates.

“Luckily for me I was welcomed with warm hands when I joined and this season we have some quality players who have joined the club and I believe they are also feeling at home.”

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