This is my destiny – Twaliki

HARARE – New CAPS United goalkeeper Victor Twaliki says he was always destined to play for the Green Machine according to his family tree.

Twaliki joined Makepekepe from relegated Shabanie Mine at the start of the years and has quickly established himself as the club’s number one.

The 32-year-old shot stopper was born in a family of footballers, who all made their mark with CAPS United.

His father Salad Twaliki was a no-nonsense defender who was part of the Makepekepe championship winning side of 1979.

Twaliki’s uncle, Shingirai Arlon, who died in a horrific car crash that also claimed the lives of his teammates Gary Mashoko and Blessing Makunike in 2004, was a feared striker during his playing days.

“I always had a belief that one day I would play for CAPS United because it’s the same route that taken by my family,” Twaliki told the Daily News on Sunday.

“My dad (Salad Twaliki) played for CAPS United and also my uncle (Shingirai Arlon) walked the same path. So I knew one day I would play for CAPS United.”

After making the switch to the Green Machine, Twaliki has now set his sights on helping the Green Machine reclaim its former glory.

“Now that I am here I want to help the team win trophies and reclaim their position as the Cup Kings. CAPS United is a big club and I know expectations are always high,” he said.

“This is the best opportunity for me now to put my career on the right track. I have been waiting for it to come for a long time.”    

At CAPS, Twaliki will have to contend for the number one spot with Chris Mverechena and Jorum Muchambo, but at the moment it looks like coach Mark Harrison backs the former Shabanie Mine stopper.

“Competition is always good for any team. I am not worried at all by the competition it actually makes me work harder. I think so far I have done well and I can even do better,” he said. 

The Green Machine got off the mark with a 2-1 win over newboys Whawha last week courtesy of a Roderick Mutuma brace.

Today, the Green Machine faces FC Platinum and Twaliki feels the Harare giants will have an edge over Norman Mapeza’s side.

“FC Platinum should not be considered a small team anymore, they are a good side and we should respect them. They have done well over the years building a strong side capable of even playing in Africa,” he said.

“They should be applauded for that and I think it’s going to be a tough game on Sunday but I believe we will win. We have been working hard and we are slowly getting there.

“The good thing in our team is we are all committed and ready to deliver. I know Platinum from my days at Shabanie Mine, they play some exciting football. We are not worried though and we are looking forward to pick up from where we left in our last match.”

Fixtures:

Today: Dongo Sawmills v How Mine( Vengere Stadium),  Caps United v FC Platinum (National Sports Stadium), Tsholotsho  v Highlanders  (Barbourfields Stadium), Hwange v ZPC Kariba  (Colliery Stadium)

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