Kapini in freak accident as Usuthu prepare for Pirates

2014-01-22 00:00

AFTER a freak accident, AmaZulu will be without their captain and first choice goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini for their first PSL fixture of 2014 against Soweto giants Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium tomorrow.

The 29-year-old Zimbabwean is concussed after slipping in the shower area on Friday and hitting his head against a wall.

“He had his studs [boots] on and slipped,” coach Craig Rosslee told a news conference at the stadium yesterday. “It has taken him a while to know what day of the week it is. It is a serious thing. There needs to be a series of tests conducted and there are some severe symptoms like extreme headaches and vomiting.”

Kapini’s place in the starting line-up will likely be taken by Aubrey Mathibe.

Rosslee was sitting yesterday with two of his three new signings to date in the January transfer window — winger Ruzaigh Gamildien from Bloemfontein Celtic and midfielder Nhlanhla Shabalala from Ajax Cape Town. Gamildien picked up an injury in a friendly against Golden Arrows last week and will be unavailable for tomorrow night’s clash, but Shabalala is ready for action.

“I feel like I am in the shape of my life and what I can promise is that I will always give 100% to the club,” Shabalala said yesterday.

“It is a privilege to be here. Hopefully I can help bring some trophies back to AmaZulu — anything is possible.”

AmaZulu have played Kulegani Madondo as a holding midfielder all season, and Shabalala’s arrival will help alleviate the pressure on the former Maritzburg United man.

“To be honest, we were probably lucky to get away with playing Madondo as often as we did,” confirmed Rosslee.

AmaZulu’s third signing is also a holding midfielder in another former Maritzburg man, John Aruwah. The burly Ghanaian was a surprise signing from Ernst Middendorp’s Bloemfontein Celtic, and he was expected to arrive in Durban last night.

“He [Aruwah] needs to understand the style of play, but I am confident that he is experienced enough to do that straight away,” Rosslee told The Witness. “If we get his paperwork done in time and all else goes according to plan, then I am confident that we can get him into the squad [for Thursday].”

Rosslee is also in the market to purchase a striker before the end of January after Sthembiso Ngcobo, who was on loan from Kaizer Chiefs, signed for Wits last week.

“It leaves us short up front, and that is now a problem area for us,” said Rosslee. “We are looking for a couple of strikers. But, to be quite honest, the market is dry. Where do you find good strikers?”

Tomorrow night’s match kicks off at 7.30 pm and will be televised on SuperSport Four.

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