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Zimbabwe international goalkeeper plays his first match back after surgery on his ankle

AmaZulu goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini says it feels good to be back in action for his club after ankle surgery sidelined him for just over two months.

Kapini made his return to the game at the weekend as AmaZulu drew 1-1 at home with BidVest Wits to remain at the bottom of the Absa Premiership standings but unbeaten after two matches under new coach Craig Rosslee.

“It feels good to be back. I played the whole match and did not feel any pain,” he told reporters.
“I have to thank the AmaZulu medical team for their hard work. At first I was told I would only be able to play again next year but I worked hard at training and this has worked wonders for me.

“I could feel I was ready to play at the start of last week so I asked the coach if I could play and after an assessment by the medical team, I was given the green light,” explained Kapini.

Kapini required ankle surgery in September after being injured in international action in an African Nations Cup qualifier for Zimbabwe.

Kapini was taken off -- hurt in a collision that led to Angola’s consolation goal -- with 15 minutes left in Harare in Zimbabwe’s 3-1 win over their Southern African rivals in their Nations Cup final round, first leg encounter in early September and returned to Durban to undergo an operation.

Kapini, who had six goals hammered past him by Kaizer Chiefs in the first match of the new Premier Soccer League season in August, had been under treatment for a ligament tear in his ankle but given an all clear to play for Zimbabwe by doctors in a decision that backfired on AmaZulu.

AmaZulu have two more matches left this year with a game at fellow strugglers Chippa United in Cape Town on Saturday and then league leaders Kaizer Chiefs at Soccer City next Tuesday.

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