HOW MINE’s newly-acquired player Limited Chikafa is expected to soon go for surgery to correct a dislocated cheekbone suffered during a pre-season friendly match against second-tier team Black Boots a few weeks ago.
by FORTUNE MBELE
The current Soccer Stars of the Year second runner-up joined the Bulawayo-based side at the start of the year.
However, he is expected to miss the team’s Sunday friendly match against newly-promoted Whahwa because of the injury.
Team coach Luke Masomere revealed the news yesterday, but said the injury was nothing serious and expected the veteran striker to be fully fit before the start of the upcoming league season.
The league season is expected to kick-off on March 7.
“Chikafa dislocated a cheek bone in our first game against Black Boots. He will be going for an operation anytime soon. It’s not anything very serious. He will be back soon. It’s just minor, but he will not be available when we play Whawha,” Masomere said.
“We are playing Whawha on Sunday at our training ground. This should be our fifth training game and we are looking forward to a good pre-season practice match as we still try to work out some combinations. We currently on 55% on fitness levels and we should be 65% when the season starts,” he added.
The expensively assembled How Mine has been very busy in preparation of the new season where they are regarded as one of the favourites to win the league title.
The gold miners have so far played five preparatory matches, including two against Chicken Inn last Friday which ended in high scoring stalemates of 2-2 and 3-3 respectively.
How Mine appear to have assembled one of the strongest squads after capturing Tawanda Muparati, Devon Chafa, Charles Sibanda, Tapiwa Kumbuyani, Benjamin Marere, Munyaradzi Diya and Chikafa.
The new players joined what already looks like a strong squad which has players such as Kudakwashe Musharu, Menard Mupera, Gilbert Banda, Wonder Sithole, Timothy January and Thembani Masuku.
Despite the galaxy of stars at his disposal, Masomere remains modest, urging his squad to earn the “best squad” tag by winning its matches.
Sundays’ match would be a test for Whawha who will be making their debut appearance in the top-flight after winning the Zifa Central Region Division One league last season.
The Midlands-based side is coached by former Warriors forward Luke Petros, but will look up to the team’s newly-appointed technical advisor Lloyd Mutasa for league advice.