DURBAN — AmaZulu captain Tapuwa Kapini is confident the team can make a winning start to the South African Premier Soccer League campaign when they take on Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs tomorrow.
The pair kick off the new Premiership season at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, and the Zimbabwean goal minder says Usuthu will be looking to fully utilise their home ground advantage.
“It’s a home game and we will attack them; it will also depend how the coach wants us to go about things. We are prepared to go all out,” Kapini said.
Both AmaZulu and Chiefs were dumped out of the MTN8 this weekend, although it was Amakhosi who came off far worse, crashing to a 4-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns after Usuthu had gone down 2-0 to Moroka Swallows.
Chiefs’ flat-line against the Brazilians gives Kapini hope the Glamour Boys will be the ones struggling to bounce back, and he believes his side can make the most of that scenario.
“It’s going to be difficult. Both teams lost in the MTN8, so maybe this might be our best chance. I believe we can do it,” he added.
Kapini feels the team has adequately prepared for another gruelling season.
He said: “I think the coach has prepared us well, now we need to show the coach that we have worked hard during the pre-season. We need to enjoy ourselves against Chiefs and play the way we know we can.”
Kapini, who is likely to come up against countrymen Willard Katsande, Jimmy Jambo and Lincoln Zvasiya, says he always enjoys the chance to play against his compatriots.
His own team has Carlington Nyadombo, Ramson Zhuwawo and new signing and former teammate at Highlanders Mkhokheli Dube.
“It’s always exciting to play against my countrymen because we know each other back from home. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” he said.
“Even if they are going to speak of my weaknesses, I will tell our players of their weaknesses, so yes, it is always nice to play against fellow Zimbabweans.”
Kapini admits the Durban outfit’s poor home form last season was a major talking point during the off-season, and says they were hoping to turn their form around in the coming campaign.