PSL Soccer Star exchanges gloves for overall


Highlands Park captain Tapuwa Kapini has ventured into the motor mechanic business

PSL Soccer Star exchanges gloves for overall

Tapuwa Kapina, goalkeeper for Highlands Park FC, has exchanged his goalkeeper gloves for a blue overall.  Holding on to a spark plug spanner is not as easy as holding on to a soccer ball during training, it’s a whole new skill set. 

The sad tale of soccer players facing poverty once their careers end has become a familiar story for fans of the beautiful game.   In a seemingly unorthodox investment, the Zimbabwean international has reached into the motor mechanics industry as he nears the end of his own career.  The tall goalkeeper have been intensifying investments into his motor workshop that is situated in Kempton Park.  “It all began when my vehicle developed a mechanical problem.  When I took it to the garage for repair, I could not believe the more than R20,000 bill I was slapped with,” Kapina said.  “I would like to encourage others out there to also start preparing for a new life after the end of a football career.  Imagine what happened to the majority of players at Platinum Stars when the club was demoted from the Premiership?”

Kapini was returning from a 13-month injury layoff as the league headed into the lockdown.  “Football players must always take advantage of the chance to do something while conditions are good,” he said. 

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