Huge ca­reer blow for Chi­tiyo

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ta­dious Manyepo Sports Reporter

CAPS UNITED mid­fielder Ronald “Rooney” Chi­tiyo has suf­fered a huge ca­reer blow as he is set to miss the rest of the sea­son due to com­pli­ca­tions over an in­jury sus­tained in an ac­ci­dent in Feb­ru­ary.

The diminu­tive mid­fielder, who re­turned to Makepekepe in Jan­uary af­ter walk­ing out on Tu­nisian giants Club Sfax­ian, in­jured his right knee af­ter he was hit by a car while walk­ing in Ep­worth.

And the 25-year-old player has been ruled out for, at least, the rest of the sea­son.

CAPS United team doc­tor, Ni­cholas Mun­y­onga, told The Her­ald yes­ter­day that Chi­tiyo is set to un­dergo an op­er­a­tion on the knee af­ter which he will need be­tween six and nine months to fully re­cover.

The op­er­a­tion, which Mun­y­onga said can be done lo­cally, is un­der­stood to be ex­pen­sive and CAPS United are still work­ing on the modal­i­ties of how their star can be treated.

Chi­tiyo is cur­rently regis­tered by the club as the team had ini­tially an­tic­i­pated the for­mer Monomo­tapa player would re­cover on time.

In fact, Chi­tiyo last month thought he had fully re­cov­ered, as the med­i­cal team had ad­vised him, but he couldn’t last two days as the knee started to swell prompt­ing the team to send him for a scan which re­vealed some com­pli­ca­tions.

“The in­jury to Ronald Chi­tiyo was ini­tially ex­pected to fully heal in six weeks’ time,” said Mun­y­onga.

“This prompted the club to reg­is­ter him as he was ex­pected to be back in the fold early in the sea­son. How­ever, we have since re­alised that the in­jury is more com­pli­cated than was ini­tially thought.

“He went for a scan and the club is cur­rently work­ing on the modal­i­ties to have the player op­er­ated on.

“Upon suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion of the knee, the player (Chi­tiyo) will need be­tween six and nine months to fully re­cover.

“Chi­tiyo has since stopped train­ing with the rest of the squad as he now awaits the club to sort out the modal­i­ties for him to get op­er­ated.”

While CAPS United had regis­tered Chi­tiyo, they had left out vet­eran util­ity Method Mwan­jali af­ter the for­mer War­riors cap­tain seemed to strug­gle with se­cur­ing his In­ter­na­tional Clear­ance Cer­tifi­cate from Tan­za­nian giants Simba SC.

Mwan­jali is now ex­pected to be regis­tered dur­ing the mid-sea­son win­dow which opens next month af­ter he fi­nally re­ceived the clear­ance last month.

The Green Ma­chine are win­less in three matches in the Pre­mier­ship af­ter los­ing twice at home to Chicken Inn and Ngezi Plat­inum Stars, with the two re­sults sand­wiched by a 1-1 away draw to bo­gey side Sha­banie.

And, trail­ing lead­ers Ngezi Plat­inum Stars by 13 points, Makepekepe plunge into an­other tough bat­tle against High­landers at Bar­bour­fields on Sun­day.

“We know what we are sup­posed to do. We know we carry a lot of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” said CAPS coach Lloyd Chitem­bwe.

“We have to make sure that we achieve our goals. All teams are dif­fer­ent. We will ap­proach the match against High­landers in the man­ner that we feel we can win the game and it is im­por­tant to look at it from that an­gle.

“We just have to be very pos­i­tive and make sure ev­ery­one works hard for the team.

“All we need to do is make sure that we work for the re­sult that we want. Teams are dif­fer­ent and there is no need to com­pare teams. We are on the right track and we have a big task on our hands and there is no task that is not achiev­able.

“It’s nat­u­ral that af­ter los­ing a match like what we did against Ngezi Plat­inum Stars last week­end, ev­ery­one at the team, in­clud­ing the sup­port­ers, get dis­ap­pointed.

“The chal­lenge is now with us to re­spond in a way that will make things dif­fer­ently.”

Ronald Chi­tiyo

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