Tapuwa Kapini

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Tapuwa Kapini
Tapuwa Kapini
BornTapuwa Kapini
(1984-07-17) July 17, 1984 (age 35)
EducationKuwangira Primary School and Highfield High 2.
  • Footballer.
Spouse(s)Sandra Mpala
ChildrenTadiwa, Tanatswa and Tawana
Parent(s)Edith Kapini
RelativesIrese Kapini (Grandmother)

Tapuwa "Campos" Kapini is a prominent goalkeeper plying his trade in the South African League but as of February 6, 2015 the player was said to be clubless after he was not offered a new contract, his woes were further compounded by the arrival of fellow Zimbabwean, Energy Murambadoro[1]


Campos was born on July 17, 1984 in Chipata in the eastern province of Zambia.[2] He did his primary education at Kuwangira Primary School and attended Highfield High 2 for his secondary education.[2] He was born in a family of seven children, Betty, Musa, Ali, Masiye, Takunda, Joyce and Isa. Kapini is married to Sandra Mpala with whom they have three children, Tapiwa Kapini Jnr and two girls Tanatswa Kapini and Tawana Kapini.

Football career

Kapini's career in local circles was with Highlanders Football Club. He made an instant impact in the league owing to his theatrics on the field of play, spectacular saves as well as taking penalty kicks for Bosso. Some of his career highlights included scoring two goals against CAPS United Football Club one which he kicked from his eighteen yard box all the way to beat the Makepekepe goalkeeper.[2] At national level, Kapini has represented the team since the under 20 age group to the senior team. Kapini has been team captain most of his professional career having captained two South African teams, Amazulu and Platinum as well as the national team.[2]

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In November 2016 Kapini collapsed during a South African football match. He collapsed in the dressing room at half time‚ and was replaced by reserve goalkeeper Marlon Heugh. Kapini had to be treated after a head clash following a collision with a teammate in the first half‚ though was adjudged fit to continue. He was playing for Highlands Park in a match against Bidvest Wits.


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Stance on Asiagate

The player was quoted as having said that the bans imposed on players in the scandal was too harsh and that he was prepared to quit playing for the national team as a protest to how his teammates had been treated by the football association.[3] Kapini argued that it was unfair for the football governing body to ban players for life because football was their livelihood.


  1. Kapini: It’s part of football, MTN Football, Published: February 5, 2015, Retrieved: February 6, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Tapuwa Kapini, Facebook, Published: June 22, 2012, Retrieved: February 6, 2015
  3. Tapuwa Kapini to quit, NewsDay, Published: October 30, 2012, Retrieved: February 6, 2015