TAPUWA Kapini isn’t thinking of retiring from football any time soon and says he has a family to feed and the game was contributing a significant chunk to his financial needs.
He will turn 40 in July this year.
Some of his money is coming from his vehicle repair business, which he says is doing well.
“I have a family to feed, so I’ve always been disciplined because I know there are a lot of people whose livelihood depend on me playing football,” he told Sowetan.
“I can’t let them down.
“I am married and focused on my wife and kids, hence I’ve managed to stay focused for this long.
“I will keep on playing until my body can’t take it anymore.
“At the moment I feel very strong and fit.”
He is now at Highlands Park, who are sixth on the 18-team ABC Motsepe Gauteng stream table, in what is effectively the third-tier of league football in South Africa.
The Lions of the North sold their Premiership franchise to TS Galaxy in September 2020.
“Some of the Premiership teams called me (after leaving Sekhukhune) but my director [Larry Brookstone] at Highlands Park convinced me to come back,” Kapini said.
“They are giving me a decent salary that enables me to continue looking after my family almost the same way I was doing when I was still in the PSL.
“Yes, the salary isn’t big compared to what I was earning in the PSL but I really appreciate it because it contributes a lot to the livelihood of my family.
“My business is doing well, we used to do only gearboxes but now we are doing engines as well, so I can’t really complain about finances since I am playing in a lower division.”