New position for Etafia at Highlands


Highlands Park are considering bringing veteran goalkeeper Greg Etafia into the club's technical team next season.

Etafia was brought out of retirement to provide backup and experience at the Lions of the North this season and has a new lease on life since his arrival.

According to Highlands co-director Brad Kaftel, the veteran goalie might double up as a goalkeeper coach next season.

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"Yes, yes he's going to join as a... we haven't finalise it yet. I mean he's still on a player payroll at this stage because he's been like a fourth goalkeeper for us," Kaftel tells

"And he's been training as a professional. If he stays with us he will double up maybe as a fourth goalkeeper. So he will probably play a dual role. I think he retired to early [prior to joining the club] because in training he's shown himself he's still able to play.

"When he started training with the first team, he started to get fit again. In training he really impressed. All along Greg's role was a junior coach, he was already the MDC goalkeeper coach. So that was his position, and then when we were struggling, with two of our goalkeepers needing surgery, we looked to see if he can maybe fill in and he did.

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"He sat on the bench in quite a few games for us. It is really convenient for us to have someone like Greg Etafia who can be a coach and can be a backup goalkeeper for us.

"I think next season he will be a fourth goalkeeper slash coach you know. I mean if we've got Marlon Heugh and Thela Ngobeni and Tapuwa Kapini we've got three, and then Greg Etafia can be a fourth goalkeeper and he can be a coach.

"We've got Rowen Fernandez, he's our main goalkeeper coach. He's played for Bafana, he's played for Chiefs, he's played overseas and in Germany. I mean he's come in and done very well, so we are very happy with him and he's our number one goalkeeper coach. We will renew his contract and keep him for another season definitely."

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