Kapini, Luphahla In Plane Scare
Johannesburg – South Africa based Zimbabwean international soccer stars, Joel Luphahla and Tapuwa Kapini on Saturday survived death by a whisker when the plane they were travelling in developed a fault.
The two were part of a Platinum Stars team that was on its way to Sunday’s ABSA Premiership match against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Vodacom Park.
Although the finer details of the scare could not be immediately established, Luphahla confirmed to friends on social network Facebook that he “almost met with my Maker” when his team was travelling to their encounter with relegation threatened Phunya Sele Slele.
“My beloved friends today I almost met with my Maker,” said Luphahla. “The plane almost took me home. My life flashed in front of me. Damn… next time I am meeting with the team wherever we will be playing …I am taking a bus.”
The former Highlanders winger, who has vowed never to fly to matches again, said his fellow countryman Kapini “almost went through the pilot’s door”.
“I have never been so scared,” added Luphahla. “You should have seen Kapini; he almost went through the pilot’s door. The boy was screaming on top of his voice. You know these small planes. Next time ngumtshova (I am using a commuter omnibus) straight.”
In his words of encouragement to Luphahla, Dubai based striker Musa Mguni challenged the lanky winger to seek divine intervention.
“Sorry my brother, but that was a way of knowing that you are blessed. Remember Peter walked on the water with Jesus but he stumbled because he did not have faith,” said Mguni.
Other supporters also warned Luphahla the accident was a “warning for you not to forget to pray everyday before you leave home”.
Of late, both Kapini and Luphahla have been plagued by injuries, resulting in their failure to command regular places at Platinum Stars.
Phunya Sele Sele, as Celtics are popularly known are currently in 15th position with 27 points, although they have a game in hand on 14th-placed Thanda Royal Zulu, who have 29 points. A win against Stars on Sunday would provide a timely lift ahead of the club’s final two fixtures of the season – a home match against basement side Bay United and a derby match away to Free State Stars.