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Kapinga – I Haven’t Lost My Magic Touch

Newly signed by Orlando Pirates winger Lesedi Kapinga said he will provide the Soweto giants with the ingenuity that was seen at Black Leopards but only a little with Mamelodi Sundowns due his lack of game-time. 

Kapinga, who was released at the end of last season after seeing his game-time limited, was announced as new signing by the Soweto giants on Tuesday morning. 

The Musina-born player, who will wear jersey number 21, struggled to find his feet at Sundowns under coach Rulani Mokwena – as he was competing with the likes of Themba Zwane, Gaston Sirino and Marcelo Allende in the advanced midfield role.     

It led to his departure from the Tshwane giants, where he spent three seasons and won three league titles, the Nedbank Cup and the MTN8.  

Despite his time on the sidelines at Chloorkop, where he featured 39 times across three campaigns, the Bafana player insisted he hasn’t lost his magic touch.

“I believe it is something I was born with (the ingenuity),” Kapinga told iDiski Times during the COSAFA Cup in Durban.

“It is only a matter of working on it all the time and believing that I can do it. You can see I’m still doing it even now, even if I spent a lot of time at Sundowns on the sidelines, but I can still do what I used to do and I was born with it. 

“I just have to push myself to do more, because I feel like at the moment I’m not a hundred percent so I still have to push myself to get to where I want to be.”    

Kapinga, despite the little game-time he saw at Sundowns, scored against Pirates in the Nedbank Cup quarter-finals in 2020/21, with his new club being crushed 4-1 at Loftus Stadium – that was one just one of the four goals he scored with the Tshwane giants. 

Kapinga will find competition from Kabelo Dlamini, who just like him, likes to play in between the lines, as well as Philip Ndlondlo and Patrick Maswanganyi at the Bucs.

If Jose Riveiro would see him out wide, Kapinga will face competition from Thembinkosi Lorch, Relebohile Ratomo, Philip Ndlondlo, Monnapule Saleng, Vincent Pule, Deon Hotto and Katlego Otladisa.

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.