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SOUTH Africa premiership side AmaZulu’s second-choice goalkeeper Aubrey Mathibe has defended team-mate Tapuwa Kapini for the blunder he committed in last Friday's 2-0 defeat to Bidvest Wits.

Kapini allowed a low cross to slip through his hands, which gifted Vincent Pule with an easy tap in to score the Clever Boys' second goal which sealed the three points.

The Zimbabwe international was emotional at the final whistle at Bidvest Stadium and was consoled by his Usuthu deputy as well as his opposite number Moeneeb Josephs.

Speaking to Football 411, Mathibe said that he was disappointed with the criticism of Kapini and backed him to bounce back from the setback.

"He is my team-mate, I work with the guy every day at training. I know him well, so that is why I had to show him that he has my support," Mathibe said.

"Kapini must keep his head up. He is an incredible goalkeeper, we all know that and he also knows it. Mistakes can happen to anyone.

"Life goes on, we have to focus on the next game. It's just such a pity people are looking at this one mistake and they are forgetting about all the other saves he makes for us."

The shot-stopper added that he was hopeful that Usuthu could turn the corner when they host Bloemfontein Celtic in the Telkom Knockout on Saturday at the Princess Magogo Stadium.

"We hope Saturday will be our day for sure," he continued. "We have very good balance of talent and experience in our side, so it is just a matter of time before we all click.

"It could take just one win to get back to winning form and improve our rankings. So I really do hope it will be this weekend."


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