AmaZulu captain and 2013 Engen Knockout Challenge ambassador, Tapuwa Kapini, believes that teamwork is the main part of the strategy for success on the football field.
The Zimbabwean international was giving his advice to young players ahead of the Durban leg, and official start, of the Engen Knockout Challenge, which is set to take place at the Highbury Sports Complex at Engen Refinery from June 21-23.
The tournament will see AmaZulu host fifteen other U17 sides from the KwaZulu-Natal region to battle for the prestigious crown.
This edition marks the celebration of 10 years and one player per region from non-professional clubs will be selected and flown up to participate in an Engen sponsored High Performance Programme at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria.
However, Kapini who is a tournament ambassador, says while the youngsters should express themselves they should not stray away from the coach’s instructions.
“This is a great opportunity for players as young as 15 to 17 years of age to make a name for themselves and get closer to their dreams of becoming professional footballers,” said Kapini.
“We have many unique and talented players and they should go out there and enjoy themselves.
“Sometimes the players worry too much about scouts and selectors and end up letting themselves and the team down.
“A good player shines even brighter when he works for the team and that is what we’re expecting to see. Teamwork is the key to success.
Kapini believes the same advice applies to his side, AmaZulu, when they regroup for preseason training next week ahead of the 2013/14 season.
“We all know that we didn’t do well last season, but that is all in the past now,” he said.
“We are looking forward to starting preseason as a solid team made up of players who are committed to work for each other and for the technical team.
“It’s going to be a different season for us, we want to start on a high note and get the club back on top where it belongs.”
The Knockout Challenge again promises to deliver top quality football as 320 young men do battle for honour and recognition.
The ‘field of dreams’ will no doubt attract scouts from across the country in search of their next Football superstar.
Engen Knockout Challenge Groups:
Pool 1: Golden Arrows, Calypso Sporting, Phoenix Sporting, FUBS
Pool 2: Highbury FC, Jahman Stars, Damini Juventers, Real Action
Pool 3: Maritzburg United, Jamarie Academy, Ethekwini Coastal, Juventus
Pool 4: AmaZulu, Blackpool, St. Josephs, Young Pirates