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Kapini Wants To Emulate Gianluigi Buffon's Longevity

Kapini Wants To Emulate Gianluigi Buffon's Longevity

Former Warriors goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini says he has not thought of retiring yet and would want to play for his childhood club Highlanders before hanging up his boots.

The 37-year-old Sekhukhune United goalie wants to emulate veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon’s longevity.

Buffon (44) recently signed a new two-year deal with second-tier side Parma in his homeland and is set to play until he is at least 36. Kapini told Sowetan:

I haven’t thought about retirement yet. All I am thinking about is just going to training every morning and doing well… motivate these young boys that if I can play at my age, what about them?

Buffon is 44 and in Africa people expect us to retire at 37… imagine. Seeing Buffon still going strong is a huge inspiration for many of us.

Kapini has only played in Sekhukhune’s first three league games of the season before the arrival of Toaster Nsabata who took the No 1 jersey.

The Zimbabwean said he has not lost hope at Babina Noko and will do his best whenever he gets an opportunity to play. Said Kapini:

Football is all about competition. If there’s someone who’s doing well ahead of you, you must be patient. Toaster is doing well at the moment but I won’t stop pushing him.

There’s also Ayanda Dlamini, who’s a top keeper in his own right, so the competition is stiff. Whenever I get a chance to play, I’ll grab it with both hands.

More: Sowetan

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