A nagging ankle injury has grounded Matsapha United Zimbabwe-born striker, Zivai Verenga, forcing him out of training and ultimately Wednesday nighta��s rescheduled MTN Premier League 1-2 defeat to Young Buffaloes.
The match played in Manzinia��s Mavuso Sports Centre became Matsapha Uniteda��s third defeat to the army side in the last 12 months following a 0-2 SwaziBank Cup Final defeat and a November 19 0-2 defeat in the league.
This became Verengaa��s first missed match for the Swazi outfit since his arrival at the club. He is likely to miss the Saturdaya��s fixture at Piggs Peak where Matsapha will play against Malanti Chiefs at Killaney Stadium.
The Zimbabwean suffered a knock to his ankle three weeks ago when Matsapha United were booted out after a penalty shoot-out by Mbabane Highlanders in the SwaziBank Cup quarter-finals.A� Verenga lasted 87 minutes on the field of play despite picking up the injury.
a�?I suffered an ankle injury in the match against Mbabane Highlanders and since then it has been nagging me. I have missed out on three weeks of training and the Young Buffaloes match.
a�?We play Malanti Chiefs on Saturday but I doubt I will be fit enough to play in that match unless something miraculous happens. So this leaves me with the possibility of only playing the very last match of the season against Red Lions otherwise my season is just as good as over,a�? said Verenga.
Should Verenga fail to recover, this will mark the end to his tenureA� at Matsapha United, a club he has a contract with up to the end of the season.
The former Dynamos player remains unsure of his future.
a�?I am yet to consider my future as I am still attached to Matsapha United till the end of the season and I will only decide my next move after the end of the season. It has not been easy at the club as the club had to battle on and off the field challenges,a�? said Verenga.
The Zimbabwean was one of the five January window transfer arrivals identified by Saul Chaminuka before the former Zimbabwe Warriors assistant coach called it quits after slightly above 50 matches in charge.
Since Chaminukaa��s departureA� has seen the club sliding down the log standing from 3rd position when Chaminuka left. They are currently in 8th position and are in danger sliding further down.@NoelMunzabwa