AT 34 his peers in topflight leagues around the world start preparing for life after football but for former Zimbabwe international goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini, adding another year to his lengthy career is on his to-do list.
Kapini is no stranger in the South African Absa Premiership, having played for AmaZulu, Platinum Stars and currently Highlands Park FC.
His story with Highlands Park is intriguing.
Last year Highlands Park were relegated from South Africaa��s top flight league to the less glamorous National First Division (NFD) a�� the Division One league.
Kapini played his cards right and decided not to ditch his relegated team.
He, however, at some point almost lived to regret that decision as his team lost three of their opening five games resulting in the coach Thierry Mulonzo and his assistant Les Grobler losing their jobs.
a�?For a team that had just been relegated from the Absa Premiership, losing games early into the NFD campaign was a disaster. We all wanted a smooth and quick return to the top league but things were not going according to plan,a�? Kapini told B-Metro Sport.
The saving grace to the teama��s disastrous start was to be the appointment of former South African national team coach Owen da Gama.
Under da Gama, Highlands Park never lost a match as they picked up 19 wins and six draws in the remaining 25 matches to blow away the rest of the chasing pack in the NFD.
a�?When coach Owen came on board, he restored belief in the entire squad. Before his first game, he told us that we were going to win and we indeed won 1-0.
a�?We slowly started to get back on track and before long; he was telling us that we will be hammering teams and all of a sudden, we were beating teams 4-0 and 7-0.a�?
On the chance of another dance with the Absa Premiership, Kapini says his age will not be a hindrance to his dream of rubbing shoulders with some of the finest players in Africa.
a�?Some goalkeepers have played till the age of 40 and with the right training, diet and discipline on and off the pitch I still have more years in the game,a�? he said.