SOUTH Africa: Highlands Park goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini has given credit to management for building a well-balanced team this season and believes they can compete in the topflight next term.
Highlands won automatic promotion with four games to spare in the National First Division, after beating University of Pretoria 5-1 a fortnight ago, but their hunger to punish the opposition has not diminished. They have scored 59 goals in 27 matches and have conceded just 11 times.
There’s three games left in the season and Owen da Gama’s men are determined to keep celebrating victories until the final day of the campaign.
Highlands were just miles ahead of the rest in the First Division this season, thanks to the experience they have in their squad.
The likes of Kapini, Junior Sibande, Petrus Ngebo, Moeketsi Sekola, Christopher Komane and Lindokuhle Mbatha have been around the local game for many years now and played a key part in the team’s success.
“When I was injured, Marlon Heugh came in and he did well. So it looks like we are sorted out in the goalkeeping department,” Kapini tells KickOff.com.
“In the defending department, the team has been just amazing. In midfield there’s [Mothobi] Mvala and he’s scored more than 10 goals. He’s got a good engine. We have so many strikers who can score: Sekola, Ngebo, [Charlton] Mashumba, [Peter] Shalulile. They can do the job for you,” Kapini says.
“Even our bench is strong. It has been amazing to work with this bunch of players. We mean business.”
Kapini, who was relegated from the topflight with the Lions of the North last season, is looking forward to the challenge in the PSL, but admits it won’t be easy.
“We as players need to be more humble and execute what we have been doing in the NFD. This is where the directors and coaches come in. They know what they are going to do in terms of strengthening the team, but we as players know that it’s going to be difficult in the PSL.
“When we were promoted to the PSL last time, we were promoted via the play-offs. Now we have time to prepare and the directors and coaches will make their plans.”