Another setback for Luphahla
Posted: 17 September 2008 Time: 6:53 am
Platinum Stars winger Joel Luphahla, who recently returned to league action, has suffered yet another setback.
The Zimbabwe international, who has sat the last 18 months on the sidelines, says he is doubtful for the clash against Premiership champions and his former club, SuperSport United, as a result of a new injury.
Luphahla pulled a thigh muscle in Zimbabwe’s goalless draw against Guinea last weekend, a result that ended his country’s participation in the 2010 World Cup. He played 70 minutes of the match.
“I took a knock in the match against Guinea and I have not fully recovered. It is doubtful that I will take part in the match against United,” he says.
The gangling player, however, has something to celebrate.
“I am happy the club re-registered me during the just-ended transfer window period. I look forward to a return to league football.”
Luphahla has not played league football for almost two seasons after a nasty collision with Jomo Cosmos’ Namibian goalkeeper Abisai Shiningayamwe, which left the Zimbabwean nursing two fractures in his leg and his shin detached at the knee during a league match.
There were fears he would never play again, but he made a remarkable recovery from the horrible injury.
However, the former SuperSport United player suffered another setback upon his return when The Tycoons did not register him during the January window period.
The 31-year-old was sacrificed for Colombian striker Luis Renteria after The Lions of The North had exhausted their quota of foreign players.