Usuthu back Kapini

2013-09-20 00:00

IT was his stoppage-time howler that cost AmaZulu three valuable PSL points against Wits in Johannesburg on Tuesday night, but club captain and goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini has already put that incident behind him as the focus turns to tomorrow night’s top-of-the-table clash against SuperSport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

1-0 up with just a couple of minutes remaining on Tuesday, Kapini left his area to gather the ball and bring it back inside — to use up a few more seconds — only to lose control and gift a goal to Getaneh Gibeto and a point to Wits.

“I’m okay. I made a silly mistake, but I will learn from it and I need to concentrate more in the future,” Kapini told The Witness after training yesterday. “I think that anybody who knows football knows what I was trying to do, and now we move forward.”

Kapini added that the support he had received from the players and coaching staff since his blunder had been “unbelievable”.

“There are no egos here. We are all on the same team and everyone has been very supportive and understanding,” he said.

This was echoed by coach Craig Rosslee.

“The skip [Kapini] has made an unfortunate mistake, and obviously it was very disappointing coming back without the three points,” he said.

“But he will learn from it and so will the whole side.”

Senseless slip-ups aside, it has been a fantastic start for Usuthu this season, and they go into this weekend third on the log, but level on 10 points with Swallows and SuperSport above them.

“It’s all about hard work and the preparations that we have been putting in this season, that is why we are where we are on the log,” said Kapini. “Now we just need to keep focused and keep doing the things that the coach orders us to do.”

Kapini was full of praise for Rosslee, saying that he had transformed the team’s attitude since his arrival in November last year.

“He [Rosslee] has changed our mentality. We are now a far more professional side. We are at training every day on time and working hard together,” he said. “Even the way we play. We don’t rely on the long balls as much anymore. He has made us play better football and be more patient with the ball.”

Rosslee confirmed that the rib injury that saw left back Marc van Heerden replaced against Wits was not as serious as originally feared.

“We still need to have a proper look at him, but we are hopeful that he will be available,” said Rosslee.

Namibian Sadney Urikhob is the only other injury casualty.

Saturday night’s match kicks off at 8.30 pm.

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