END OF THE ROAD? . . . Gil­bert Banda suf­fers ca­reer threat­en­ing in­jury

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Reporter

FOR­MER War­riors’ de­fender Gil­bert Banda’s soc­cer ca­reer could be over fol­low­ing a sus­pected Achilles ten­don in­jury he sus­tained dur­ing Bantu Rovers’ 2-1 win over Bosso 90 at Lu­veve Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Banda, who was in great form, win­ning all aerial balls, picked the in­jury in the 40th minute when Rovers were lead­ing Bosso 90 2-0, and was re­placed by Les­lie Lunga.

The for­mer High­landers and FC Plat­inum de­fender was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter the game.

Rovers’ gen­eral man­ager Wil­bert Sibanda said they will only know the grav­ity of Banda’s in­jury to­day.

“The team doc­tor and club phys­io­ther­a­pist sus­pected a torn Achilles ten­don and we had to rush him to the hos­pi­tal so that we get to know how bad his in­jury is. We’re hop­ing his in­jury is not se­ri­ous be­cause Banda’s ex­pe­ri­ence is wanted in this cham­pi­onship race. Should he be ruled out for the re­main­der of the sea­son, it will be a ter­ri­ble blow for our cam­paign,” said Sibanda.

Rovers are at the top of the ta­ble with 50 points fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s vic­tory.

The for­mer Premier­ship side got their goals from For­tune Nko­mazana, who rose high to head in a Bukhosi Sibanda sev­enth minute cross from the left.

Obrey Chirinda dou­bled Rovers’ lead in the 35th minute af­ter be­ing sent through by Nko­mazana, who opted to leave the ball for the for­mer in­stead of go­ing for glory.

Bosso 90 got their con­so­la­tion goal from Brian Bhebhe in the 81st minute af­ter he beat an off­side trap to get to the end of a Ray Lunga de­fence-split­ting pass.

Rovers’ coach Jo­hannes Ngodzo was happy with the vic­tory.

“We had to bounce back af­ter last week’s 1-2 loss to Indlovu Iyany­athela. The guys re­ally showed the zeal to win and we will try and work harder to cor­rect the few mis­takes we made,” said Ngodzo.

His Bosso 90 coun­ter­part Melusi Sibanda said: “We paid dearly for the mis­takes we made in the first half, but I’m proud of my boys for fight­ing hard. We’ll go back to the draw­ing board and work on our er­rors.”

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