FC Plat­inum duo re­cov­er­ing

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

FC Plat­inum’s de­fen­sive mid­fielder Win­ston Mhango and striker Charles Sibanda are pray­ing for mirac­u­lous re­cov­er­ies to en­able them help their club in its cham­pi­onship quest.

The two are re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at Mater Dei Hospi­tal in Bu­l­awayo af­ter sur­viv­ing a car crash that killed one per­son in Fi­l­abusi on their way to Bu­l­awayo from Zvisha­vane on Satur­day night.

The ve­hi­cle they were trav­el­ling in was in­volved in a head on col­li­sion when the driver tried to avoid a stray cow.

The ac­ci­dent claimed the life of a Mi­mosa worker Welly Chiyangwa.

“How we sur­vived with just bruises and cuts is by the grace of God.

“Out of nowhere, the driver saw a cow and as he tried to avoid it, our ve­hi­cle en­croached onto on­com­ing traf­fic and that’s how the ac­ci­dent hap­pened. It was so fast that I can’t re­call other de­tails,” said Mhango.

“I thank God, the club, fam­ily and friends who have been sup­port­ive. Hope­fully we will be able to re­cover in time for at least one of the re­main­ing matches,” he said.

The de­fen­sive mid­fielder, who has had a ter­rific sea­son for the plat­inum min­ers and prob­a­bly has a claim among the Soc­cer Stars of the Year fi­nal­ists, is nurs­ing bruises and a cut on his left leg.

Sibanda lost some his teeth and is also nurs­ing bruises.

“I didn’t break any part of my body, which is just a mir­a­cle. I don’t re­call any­thing be­cause ev­ery­thing hap­pened very fast and at that time I think I was busy on my cell­phone.

“Judg­ing by the look of these in­juries, I think I should be able to be back in ac­tion soon and it will all de­pend on the scan and how I re­spond,” Sibanda said.

Both play­ers had played in FC Plat­inum’s 3-0 win over Harare City in the Chibuku Su­per Cup semi­fi­nals at Man­dava, with Sibanda scor­ing one of the goals.

PSL chair­man Peter Dube vis­ited the play­ers at Mater Dei Hospi­tal yes­ter­day and wished them a speedy re­cov­ery.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the boys, their fam­i­lies and FC Plat­inum dur­ing this time. We are also pray­ing for those who were in­volved in that ac­ci­dent and wish those in hospi­tal speedy re­cov­er­ies,” said Dube. — @ZililoR

Langa Mpofu (right) and Kayael Sibanda (left) with Joseph Rego, CEO and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the acad­emy

Win­ston Mhango

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