AFTER making his debut for the Warriors on Sunday, Chicken Inn midfielder Devine Lunga has been ruled out for “some months” after suffering an injury in the 61st minute of Zimbabwe’s 2-0 win over Comoros in the Chan 2016 first leg.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Lunga played on the left wing, replacing Ronald Pfumbidzai who is now on the books of Swedish side Hobro.
He put up a commendable performance until he was replaced by Pritchard Mpelele after twisting ligaments on his knee.
The GameCocks spokesperson Tavengwa Hara yesterday said Lunga had been taken for a scan in Harare yesterday, which was also confirmed by team captain Danny Phiri who was still in Harare by yesterday afternoon.
“He (Lunga) is badly injured. He has just been taken for a scan and from my opinion, he might be out for some time,” Phiri said from Harare.
The Warriors captain was at Zifa House with team manager Sharif Mussa to arrange for Lunga’s treatment before he could continue with his recovery in Bulawayo.
Lunga was due to fly to Bulawayo last night to continue with his rehabilitation.
“The team doctor recommended that the player was not fit to travel by road and we have made arrangements for him to fly to Bulawayo tonight (last night),” said Zifa spokesman Xolisani Gwesela.
“Zifa will work hand in hand with Chicken Inn doctors to ensure that he gets the proper medical attention and we pray that he will be back on his feet very soon.”
Meanwhile, the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League resumes at the weekend after a two-week break to make way for the Warriors’ national assignments, with the biggest match in Harare where crest-fallen Bulawayo giants Highlanders clash with champions Dynamos.
Highlanders, under coach Bongani Mafu, are in the middle of the league table on position eight with 19 points from 13 matches with DeMbare on the third spot with 23 points, six behind league leaders Chicken Inn.
Going to the break, Highlanders were held to a 1-1 draw by fourth-placed How Mine at Barbourfields Stadium with Dynamos playing a stalemate away from home with a 1-1 draw to ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga Stadium.
The Rufaro match, live on SuperSport, will either save David Mandigora’s job as Bosso has not beaten Dynamos since 2006, or leave Mafu with one leg out of the exit at the Bulawayo side.
But it’s the GameCocks under Joey Antipas, who appear to be stretching the lead when they entertain bottom-placed Dongo Sawmill at Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo while Triangle with 24 points host ZPC Kariba at Gibbo.
How Mine, with 22 points, host Hwange at Luveve Stadium while Chapungu, who have enjoyed a purple patch before losing 1-2 to Chicken Inn at home just before the break, are back at Ascot Stadium, but away in the Midlands derby against struggling WhaWha.
WhaWha lost 0-3 to Buffaloes in Mutare before the break.
Caps United, who took advantage of the break to travel to Mozambique for a friendly match against Chingale on Sunday where they won 2-1 with goals from Leonard Tsipa and Chrispen Machisi, are away to Harare City.
The Green Machine, who are now under Mark Mathe after Mark Harrison left for Botswana, played a goalless draw with Flame Lily in their last game while City beat Dongo Sawmill 3-0 in Rusape.
FC Platinum were also away to Democratic Republic of Congo giants TP Mazembe, where they played a 1-1 draw and returned home yesterday morning.
On Saturday, they host Buffaloes after a 1-1 draw with Hwange at the Colliery before the break.
New boys Tsholotsho and Flame Lily lock horns at White City in Bulawayo to complete weekend fixtures.
Saturday: FC Platinum v Buffaloes (Mandava), Chicken Inn FC v Dongo Sawmill (Luveve), Harare City v Caps United (Rufaro 1500hrs SS)
Sunday: Dynamos v Highlanders (Rufaro 1500hrs SS), Whawha vs Chapungu (Ascot), How Mine v Hwange (Luveve), Triangle United v ZPC Kariba (Gibbo), Tsholotsho v Flame Lily (White City)