HIGHLANDERS defender Bukhosi “Khosera” Ncube picked a career threatening knee injury during his club’s training workout on Wednesday at Barbourfields Stadium outside grounds.
“Bukhosi got injured on Wednesday. He finished the Wednesday workout with a swollen knee after falling awkwardly. He could have twisted his knee,” said a source.
Ncube, a regular first team player last season in the right back position, has been playing second fiddle to the club’s new signing MacClive Phiri, a creative player that has in the process won the hearts of many Bosso followers.
Phiri has stamped his authority on the right side of Bosso’s rearguard. He is often pushed forward by Ndlovu and his lieutenants deep into the second half in a move that will be reportedly meant to boost their attack.
This tactical change has seen Ncube (20), being introduced as a substitute to assume the full back position.
Highlanders technical manager Madinda Ndlovu confirmed the player’s injury.
“Yes, Bukhosi got a knock at training. However, I am not at liberty to talk more about that before talking to the team’s doctors,” said Ndlovu.
Ncube made his Bosso debut in 2016 during their league match against Border Strikers.
What made Ncube’s Bosso’s first team grand entry worth talking about was that it came at a time when the soccer fraternity had been rocked by allegations of age cheating over the last two-and-a-half decades.
That the young lad made the long trip from the resort town of Victoria Falls to exhibit his skills in the soccer crazy and talent abundant City of Kings speaks volumes about his credentials and ability.
His infiltration to Bosso has already made him a cult hero in the small town of Victoria Falls, which boasts of being a haven of Highlanders supporters. Possibilities are high that his popularity would surpass that of another former Bosso son, to come out of Victoria Falls, the late attacking midfielder, Nkosilathi “Diego” Khumalo, because age is still on his side and regular play time for him is somehow guaranteed this season if he walks out of the treatment room.
The youngster’s breakthrough into the soccer world came when he made it into the Copa Coca-Cola Under-16 boys Dream Team after excelling at a tournament, which was held in his home town while turning out for his school Mosi-oa-Tunya High School.
He was part of the Copa Coca-Cola Dream Team that toured Pretoria in 2012. After impressing at Copa Coca-Cola, Ncube attracted the attention of numerous topflight and Division One clubs but his father, Lovemore Ncube, a former Class One referee and soccer player, reportedly opted to take him to the family’s team of choice, Bosso.