Former Stellenbosch FC defensive midfielder who has just joined Kaizer Chiefs FC Sibongiseni Mthethwa missed Chiefs previous clash against Richards Bay FC due to the injury. The injury was confirmed by Amakhosi interim coach Cavin Johnson.
There is a new interesting update regarding Mthethwa’s injury. The update on this article is also an official one.
“‘Ox’” had an injury at training. He hurt his ankle; freak of an accident, and we sent him for X-rays and things like that,” said Johnson.
“He [Mthethwa] came back, and according to the [Chiefs] medical team he has to stay out for a little bit. Whether he will be back for AFCON or ready for the next game, I cannot say.”
According to Harvard Heath Publishing, sprained ankle recovery time hinges on the injury’s severity, classified by grades. Mild to moderate [grades 1-2] can take 3-6 weeks, while severe [grade 3] can require several months of healing.
Amakhosi’s medical team will work with SAFA’s doctors and closely monitor Mthethwa’s recovery from his ankle injury and determine his potential inclusion in the final Bafana Bafana squad for AFCON.
Bafana’s preparations for AFCON will start off on 4 January with a five-day training camp in the Western Cape city of Stellenbosch.
The team will then play a training match against Lesotho at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville before departing for Ivory Coast on January 11th.
Mthethwa has joined the likes of Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, Keagan Dolly and George Matlou, who are currently out because of injuries.
In other news, the game that was against Kaizer Chiefs FC and Richards Bay FC on the previous weekend, where by Amakhosi won 1-0 has been analysed by Junior Khanye.
The former Kaizer Chiefs FC attacker and current IdisKi TV analyst Junior Khanye, has shared his thoughts over the mentioned clash. In as much as most of Amakhosi fans are happy over the win, Khanye congratulated Chiefs for winning, even though he said there are more things that must be fixed. He believe Cavin substitutes, were poor, especially by putting Nkosingphile Ngcobo off the bench. He said he was supposed to sub Yusuf Mart for Samkelo Zwane, then post Edson Castillo, Samkelo Zwane and Nkosingphile Ngcobo as the midfielders.
Khanye says one of Chiefs problems, is that between Edson Castillo and Yusuf Mart, no one is clear on who play as a holding number six. He says that issue must be addressed, on who must stay especially in the absence of former Stellenbosch FC midfielder Sibongiseni Mthethwa.
Junior Khanye also said Christian Saile must play more centrally than playing as a winger. The former Amakhosi winger also say he doesn’t understand why Jasond Gonzalez started ahead of Ashely Du Preez. He agreed that Du Preez was from injury, but he says the unfit Ashely Du Preez is better than Gonzalez.