Kapini: NFD tougher than Absa Prem
Posted: 6 August 2018 Time: 08:30
Highlands Park captain Tapuwa Kapini believes, if his teammates can emulate their displays in the National First Division last term, they can become a real force in the PSL this season.
The Lions of the North returned to the Absa Premiership in emphatic fashion as they raced to the NFD title, with a record-breaking 69 points and 21 wins from 30 matches.
The Tembisa-based outfit bounced right back to the topflight after being relegated in 2016/17, with coach Owen da Gama leading their charge for a swift return.
Highlands did just enough to earn a point in their opening encounter of the season on the weekend against a dominant Orlando Pirates side, who were let down by a calamitous own-goal in the first half.
Kapini admits it will take some time for them to adjust to the level of the premier league again, but has urged a similar effort to last season from the players in order to once again earn the respect of their opponents.
“I think if you look at it, NFD and PSL is a totally different ball-game. If you’re in the NFD, it’s difficult to play there,” The Zimbabwean goalkeeper said.
“When you come to the PSL, I think, if we can put the effort that we put in the NFD then we’ll be a team to be reckoned with.
“If you look at it, how many records did we break last season? I think it will come right, game after game, and the team will start to gel. And it feels good to be back in the PSL!”