Cape Town - AmaZulu goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini is confident
that the club will be able to build on the platform created during the 2-1
victory against the University of Pretoria on Tuesday.
Read: Usuthu get first league win
The win was the club’s first of the season and while it has
not helped Usuthu escape the relegation zone, it has certainly enhanced the
Durban club’s prospects of rescuing the campaign, at the very least.
AmaZulu are now on seven points after the first twelve
rounds of football, just four behind a struggling Free State Stars. If Stars
fail to accumulate any points against Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday, AmaZulu
will certainly be in the position to move up a position by the end of the
weekend, after they play against Mpumalanga Black Aces.
"I don’t want to lie, we’re so happy as players and as
a team in general. The win was long overdue and I believe that it will open doors,"
Kapini told journalists.
It just so happens that this win coincides with the recent
appointment of Steve Barker as the club’s new coach and Kapini believes that he
actually does deserve considerable credit for what has transpired during the
past 24 hours.
"Credit goes to the coach, he said to us before the
match, we need to believe in ourselves, we’re the best and we must enjoy the
game," added Kapini.
The one aspect that might have been missing in this AmaZulu
dressing room during the first five months of this campaign, has been
motivation and the desire to win. Kapini believes that this has now been
"He said God will give us strength to collect the three
points and fortunately we made it - I think he’s a great motivator," added
Naturally, the focus has shifted to ensuring that the club
finishes the first half of the campaign in a credible position. Kapini now
believes that this objective will be realised.
"He [Barker] managed to bring back the confidence in us
and our target is to win all our next matches at home."
"It’s like he was here for many seasons, you know, we
just clicked when working with him in our first training," added the
"We enjoyed his drills and I’m glad the guys just
responded positively to his instructions - his methods will definitely benefit
the team. I’m happy to dedicate the win to him, the supporters and the
management for having faith in us."