Chiefs leg­end un­der­goes mul­ti­ple shoul­der surg­eries

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Kaizer Chiefs’ for­mer leg­endary goal­keeper, Peta Bala’c, who starred for the club dur­ing the 1980s, has for the past two months been in and out of hos­pi­tal after un­der­go­ing ma­jor shoul­der surgery in the United King­dom.

In fact, the 64-year-old had to en­dure five dif­fer­ent pro­ce­dures fol­low­ing an in­fec­tion, which has left the ex- Amakhosi multi-tro­phy-win­ning hero some­what thin­ner.

In early Septem­ber, Bala’c con­firmed his sit­u­a­tion on so­cial me­dia, part of which read: “After 2 ma­jor op­er­a­tions, I’m home­bound with nurses giv­ing me daily med­i­ca­tion vis­its. But I’m on the mend and my ap­petite’s com­ing back too, not that I want to get back the lost 9kg.”

Then, on Oc­to­ber 23, the for­mer team­mate of Teenage Dladla, Jan Lech­aba, Ry­der Mo­fo­keng and the late Pa­trick ‘Ace’ Nt­soe­len­goe wrote an up­date that has been edited as fol­lows: “I can’t be­lieve it, my shoul­der’s again in­fected and needs clean­ing out. Just when I thought I was on the mend after 3 ops ops, I’m I m go­ing back to hos­pi­tal to to­mor­row for a 4th op­er­a­tion.”

In­ter­est­ingly, dur­ing last Satur­day’s Soweto Derby, Bala’c was re­cu­per­at­ing from his fifth pro­ce­dure and is now at home.

“The last op­er­a­tion was per­formed by a sur­geon from SA and I’m hop­ing to be over for the next derby in Fe­bru­ary 2019 to say my good­byes,” he told Soc­cer Lad­uma.

Bala’c, pre­vi­ously also on the books of the now de­funct Dur­ban City, Dur­ban United and Lusi­tano, con­tin­ued play­ing into his 50s be­fore even­tu­ally re­tir­ing as an am­a­teur in the Ch­ester Sun­day League.

Soc­cer Lad­uma wishes Bala’c a speedy re­cov­ery.

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