Smith out of King’s Cup


The ex-Golden Arrows man picked up an ankle injury during a training session on Wednesday morning. He could also be ruled out of Thanda’s league match against Bloemfontein Celtic at Hammarsdale next week.

His absence should give coach Roger Palmgren a chance to see how the combination of recently added Peter Ndlovu, Nkosinathi Nhleko and Bernard Parker works.

Smith played a key role in helping Thanda secure a 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs last week, providing the pass for the first goal and winning a penalty, with both goals being converted by Bernard Parker.

Speaking to before seeing the doctor, a disheartened Smith said. “I am in pain, but I hope I won’t stay out for long.”

Smith joins highly-rated midfielder Nduduzo Phakathi on the injury list.

Phakathi, who went to Spain for trials, had an operation on his knee last month and says he will be back in a month’s time.