CAPS UNITED coach Lloyd Chitembwe was left ‘devastated’ by news of Abbasi Amidu and Tafadzwa Rusike’s latest injury setbacks.
Makepekepe won 4-1 against Mutare City at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday but it came at a cost as midfielders Rusike and Amidu had to be withdrawn from the game in the opening half.
“The only disappointing thing when you look back at this game is the injuries we have picked up,” he said.
Less than a week after making his goal scoring return from a month’s absence with a groin injury, Rusike was pulled out in the 28th minute whilst Amidu had left the pitch seven minutes earlier.
Rusike was on fire and netted the opener for the Green Machine in ninth minute before he limped off the pitch because of an aggravated groin injury.
He was replaced by Moses Muchenje whilst Simba Nhivi came in for Amidu.
The Green Machine expect Rusike to be out for a while and Chitembwe admitted Amidu’s substitution was for safety reasons.
“I am devastated,” Chitembwe said.
“I can only feel sad and support them for now.
“I think we rushed him (Rusike) back but he has been doing well throughout the week. He also gave us the nod that he will be capable to play. ‘Fire’ is such a passionate player and he always wants to try.
“Even when he got injured, he wanted to stay in the game. He wanted to try again but could not continue. I can only wish him back soon.
“Rusike has to deal with it unfortunately. We just have to give him the maximum support we can and show him that we trust he can come back,” added Chitembwe.
On Amidu’s injury Chitembwe said,
“He was not with us for a while. I think the match strained him. I think it was a thigh strain. To me, it was not serious.
“Substituting him was more of a precautionary measure. We didn’t want him to be in a bad state. I am confident he will be with us soon.” – H-Metro
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