Kapini vows Warriors return


Kapini did not heed the national team call up deciding to remain holed up at his base in South Africa leaving the coach, Valinhos, to pick CAPS United’s Energy Murambadoro and Washington Arubi.

The former Highlanders goalkeeper said he failed to come for the game on time as he had pressing commitments at his base in South Africa.

“I am still willing to play for Zimbabwe. This is the country of my birth so there is no way I can ditch it. I was experiencing some personal problems which had to be sorted out. However, I will be available for future selection. If the coaches still want me, I am available to do the job for my country.”

“Arubi and Murambadoro are very good goalkeepers and it will be difficult to win the jersey, but I am prepared to fight for it. This is what makes soccer a very interesting sport,” he said.

Kapini, who starred in goals in Zimbabwe’s only two wins at the Africa Cup of Nations against Algeria (2004) and Ghana in 2006 added that this time the Warriors have to qualify for the 2010 World Cup as well as the 2010 Nations Cup.

Kapini was in goals when the Warriors beat Algeria 2-1 at the Nations Cup finals in Tunisia in 2004 as well as in the 2-1 win over the World Cup bound Ghana two years later in Egypt.

Meanwhile, Harambee Stars captain Robert Mambo and star striker Dennis Oliech have resumed training for Kenya’s World Cup/Africa Nations Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe on Saturday.

Oliech, who scored a brace against Guinea last weekend, on Monday complained of a recurring thigh pain. He suffered the injury in a collision with Namibia’s goalkeeper Attiel Mbaha a fortnight ago. Mambo was also in training after recovering from flu and fever.

Team doctor Wycliffe Makanga said the players would be available for their match against Zimbabwe.

“Mambo had a serious flu and some fever, but he has recovered after medication, while Oliech’s thigh injury isn’t that serious. Everyone is happy at the camp after the two resumed training,” said Makanga.

He said Oliech required ample time to rest his muscles and he would be using ice cubes on the striker’s thigh.

“The other players are in good condition apart from small knocks, which should not be a scare,” Makanga said. Coach Francis Kimanzi says he will stick with the team that beat Guinea’s Syli Stars 2-0 when they host Zimbabwe.