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Phumlani Ntshangase booked for gastroscopy to address gastric ulcers

Posted: 22 June 2016 Time: 00:53

Bidvest Wits midfielder Phumlani Ntshangase has been booked into hospital to undergo an invasive gastroscopy procedure on Thursday to address gastric ulcers.

The 21-year-old returned home on Monday night from the COSAFA Castle Cup in Namibia, where he was on Bafana Bafana duty.

South Africa's Olympic shadow squad will also be without the suspended Gift Motupa and injured Kwanda Mngonyama (hamstring) for the semi-final clash against Swaziland on Wednesday.

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Ntshangase has been feeling stomach discomfort since Bafana went into camp but still travelled with the squad to Namibia in the hope that he would have recovered from his condition by the time they played Lesotho in their first game on Saturday.

However, with his condition not improving despite the fact that he was still able to train with the team, he was allowed to travel back home on Monday night to receive specialist medical attention along with Mngonyama.

“I am back home in Durban and have been booked for a gastroscopy [camera down the throat into the stomach] at a Pietermaritzburg hospital on Thursday,” Ntshangase, who missed the penalty-shootout win over Lesotho in the quarter-finals, tells KickOff.com.

“What happened is that I have been feeling stomach pains since we started camp but I was hoping that it would be something that comes to pass. I think it is to do with something that I ate,” he explains.

“So when we were in Namibia I went into hospital and they did some tests but they couldn’t pick up anything despite the fact that my stomach condition was not improving. I was able to train but I was feeling a bit weak. Previously I have had stomach pains but nothing this severe because this time around every time I ate I would feel bloated.

“The coach then suggested that it is better that I come back home so that I get this problem sorted out. If all goes well I hope to re-join the team for the trip to Japan after the COSAFA Cup.

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“The coach indicated that I have been with the team all along so he knows me well plus if there is an issue I would rather get it sorted out now so that I am ready by the time I start pre-season with my club.”

The 21-year-old has given solid performances in the two-and-a-half years he has played first-team football at Wits and is a safe bet for selection for the Olympic Games.

Article by: Lovemore Moyo
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