Highlands coach Allan Freese credits Tapuwa Kapini for penalty saves against Baroka FC
Posted: 14 September 2016 Time: 10:25
Highlands Park coach Allan Freese was impressed his goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini saved two out of three penalties in a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Baroka FC.
Marshall Munetsi beat Kapini from the spot six minutes in but failed at a second attempt shortly after Collins Mbesuma equalised on debut at Makhulong Stadium.
Fellow new signing Charlton Mashumba then fired Highlands ahead 12 minutes after the break in Tembisa.
Bakgaga skipper Olaleng Shaku had a chance to draw level when referee Victor Gomes awarded another penalty, but he was unable to get the better of Kapini.
"The boys were excited to play. It was a long pre-season for us and we are happy that we played," Freese said after the promoted club's first game of the season in the Absa Premiership.
"I'm happy that we played at home and we got the three points. But I think Tapuwa Kapini was Man of the Match. With three penalties, he saved two, very good.
"I think we used our game plan correctly. We came back well and if you look at the last couple of minutes, we started to dominate which is good at home.
"So I'm quite happy for the boys that we got a win after our first game that we played."
Freese refused to discuss Gomes' handling of the league tie.
"We said to the players, it is at home and let's go and do the business and look at how many people came and watch you. If you want them week-in and week-out, you need to win at home.
"I'm happy that we got the result. But it took us long for us to play. The first penalty in the first five minutes put us on the back foot and the players showed character to equalise and we scored a winner."