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Musona injury scare could benefit Mguni

[Posted 09 Mar 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Musona lying injured after colliding against Free State Stars keeper

Kaizer Chiefs hotshot and South Africa's ABSA Premiership leading goal scorer Knowledge Musona, is a serious doubt for Zimbabwe's crunchy 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mali away in Bamako, Mali on the 26th March due to his latest injury sustained last weekend.

Zimbabwe's new number one striker dislocated his shoulder when he collided with Free State Stars goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene during a league match between his club and the Free Staters last Saturday.

The talented 20-year old striker, who recently returned from injury, has been trying very hard to help his club win matches and catch up with log leaders and fierce SOWETO arch-rivals Orlando Pirates, who are currently leading the standings in the league. 

Battling goal-scoring off-form, the "Smiling Assasin" has found himself in very risky situations as he attempts to break a goal drought which has docked him since new year.

On Saturday, Musona had to be pulled off and rushed to a Johannesburg hospital where his shoulder was put back into place.

Zimbabwe coach Norman Mapeza understands that he may have to do without his trusted striker, and he is hoping against hope at this stage, but has tried to remain realistic under the circumstances.

Mapeza has revealed that Warriors team doctor Nicholas Munyonga is currently liaising with Chiefs for more information on Musona's injury.

"... it is part of football, players get injured, it is not something new. We are just hoping that his injury is not that bad because he is an important player.

"We will meet as the technical team after we get a report from Munyonga. We should have another plan as the technical team and see whether we can come up with replacements," Mapeza reasoned.

The player himself is anxious to represent his country, even though he is racing against time given that shoulder injuries take up to three weeks to fully heal.

"I went for an X-ray and was told that it was a Grade two injury. The shoulder has gone back into its position but I am still in pain. I am still feeling pain in the shoulder.

"I am not training but I am just going to the gym in the morning for cycling. I don't know whether I will recover in time for the Mali match, but I would like to play and hope I will be fine by then," Musona said this week.

Last week, Norman Mapeza named a squad that excluded probably the country's highest profile striker after retired former skipper Benjamin Mwaruwari, Musa Mguni, who recently joined Russian Premier League club Trek Grozny.

Mguni is a known goal poacher whose call to the national squad has been long over due. Should Musona fail to recover, Mapeza has an able replacement in Mguni.

Given the fact that even prolific goal getter Nyasha Mushekwi is not fully fit at this moment, Mguni will prove to be a worthy addition to the squad. He will bring the much needed presence to challenge the big Malian defenders. 

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