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Kapini praises compatriot Chipezeze, speaks on lockdown

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By Sports Reporter


Former Warriors goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini believes his compatriot, Elvis Chipezeze has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the South African ABSA Premiership following his impressive performances for Baroka FC.

After a nightmarish performance for the Warriors at the 2019 AFCON finals, Chipezeze has bounced back with a string of impressive displays for his South African club Baroka FC strengthening their bid to survive relation.

The former Chicken Inn goalkeeper was handed the club’s captaincy duties in January after replacing Gerald Phiri Jnr, and he is making the most of the opportunity.

Chipezeze’s contribution for his club has caught the eye of his compatriot Kapini, who plays for fellow South African topflight side Highlands Parks.

The veteran goal minder, who is in his 14th season in South African football since leaving Highlanders in 2006, said Chipezeze was among the cream of the crop in the South African league together with SuperSport United’s Ronwen Williams and Ofori of Maritzburg United.

“All the goalkeepers in the PSL have been outstanding. Look at a guy like Elvis Chipezeze at Baroka FC. He has been doing well despite his team being in the relegation zone. He has been saving them week in, week out,” Kapini said.

“For me, the other goalkeeper who is among the best this season is Richard Ofori of Maritzburg United and there is also Ronwen Williams at SuperSport United. He has been impressive.”

Kapini, who is the club captain at his club Highlands Park also lent his voice to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by urging football fans to act responsibly in these difficult times.

One of the most colourful Zimbabwean goalkeepers of his generation, Kapini  has been on lockdown in South Africa since 27 March and will have to stay at home until 30 April at least.

“Life matters more than anything else. The government has done well by stopping almost everything. I don’t have any problem with the lockdown. I am a family man and I am coping well with the current situation. The club has been sending us training programmes every week and we are using them,” he said.

“I know the supporters are stressing because they want to come out and watch their teams play. But it is important to stay home and save lives. We have to support one another during the current lockdown,” said Kapini.