Extended break is just what Luphahla needed
Posted: 11 January 2008 Time: 08:47
Platinum Stars’ midfielder Joel Luphahla who last season suffered one of local football’s most horrendous soccer injuries, says the extended Absa Premiership break is a real blessing as it will allow him to fully recover his old before the season resumes.
The 30-year-old reveals that he is three weeks short of gaining full fitness and he is hoping to win his place back in Miguel Gamondi’s team when the league kick off again next month.
The former Supersport United player says he has been working on regaining his pace, sharpness and stamina during the lengthy recess.
The pencil slim Zimbabwe international’s career was said to be ended a collision with Jomo Cosmos goalkeeper Abisai Shiningayamwe during a match 2006/07 season.
He sustained two fractures in his leg and his shin detached at the knee. He has, however, defied the odds and made an almost full recovery.
Luphahla is part of the Stars team that is preparing for the second half of the season in Potchefstroom.
The experienced midfielder, who also had a stint in Cyprus, will be crucial in the Tycoons’ charge to move up from the foot of the table and more particularly in the team’s maiden appearance in the Confederation of African Football Champions League.
Luphahla has participated in Africa’s biggest cup competition in the past with Zimbabwean League runners-up, Highlanders.
Furthermore, he has represented Zimbabwe in two African Nations Cup appearances, and capped one appearance with the winning goal in the Warriors 2-1 victory over Algeria at the 2004 edition in Tunisia.