Jambo inspired by Jele

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JOHANNESBURG — Jimmy Jambo, who tore his knee ligaments in October last year, says he is hoping to come back sooner than expected.

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Jambo collided with his former teammate Tinashe Nengomasha in the first round of the Telkom Knockout against Bidvest Wits – a game Chiefs went on to lose 3-2.

“I remember we were pressing for an equaliser the and next thing I was down injured. I could see that it was bad, but thought I would be five or six months out not for almost a year. I learnt later that we had lost the game which was even more painful,” Jambo told Chiefs official website at the weekend.

“Tinashe came as I was leaving the stadium on a stretcher to apologise.

“He also visited me at the hospital the following day. There are no hard feelings and we remain friends. We come a long way having played together in the national team before I joined him at Chiefs.”

Jambo started his rehabilitation in January, but is only expected back in September.

“The first step to recovery is to accept the situation you are in and the rest follows,” he said.

“I never pointed fingers when I got injured and I had to accept the situation. The idea of giving up never crossed my mind. I have always been focused on coming back and I will bounce back.”

The left-back has been watching all Chiefs’ matches on TV, and reckons the team can “still go all the way and win the league”.

“We put a lot of work to be where we are in the Premiership at this stage of the season. We need to double our efforts in the second round of the season. I believe in my teammates and everyone in the team that this is our season.

“The road to recovery has started for me and I have no doubt I will return stronger from this. I was inspired to see a player like Happy Jele scoring on his comeback. Watching him play has given me hope.”

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