By Sahr Morris Jnr.
The Swaziland national team, The SihIangu, has been hit with injury problems as they prepare for the return leg tie against Sierra Leone in a 2015 AFCON qualifier in Freetown.
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According to the Swazi Observer, coach Harries ‘Madze’ Bulunga is sweating on getting his defenders fit for the Sierra Leone tie with right back Sifiso ‘Tjovitjo’ Maseko set to be out of action for at least two weeks.
The player was forced to watch the squad’s training session from the sidelines after he twisted his knee during Tuesday evening training session held at the Somhlolo National Stadium.
Also, another defender who could be out of the Saturday clash is right back Sabelo ‘Sawa’ Gamedze. The player was also released from camp a fortnight ago after falling sick, leaving the former Umbelebele Jomo Cosmos coach with no options in this position and will have to transform one of the defenders in his 23-man squad to play in that department.
It is also reported that Mbabane Swallows’ midfielder, Felix Badernhost, was rested midway through the training session yesterday.
“It is true that we have one casualty in Sifiso, who twisted his knee during the morning session. We will take him for an X-ray tomorrow morning (Wednesday) to assess the impact of the injury. With Felix it was just a precaution to avoid a muscle pull after he complained of a tight muscle when we started training,” coach Harries was quoted by the Swazi Observer as saying.
He however expressed hope that the players, especially the defender, would recover in time for the match against Sierra Leone. It is a matter of concern though that whether Sifiso’s injury would be better with just physical therapy or would require a knee replacement. And now the entire team’s fate depends on his recovery.
“I am hopeful Felix will start training tomorrow (Thursday) while we expect Sifiso before the end of this week because we need him in the squad. He is the man to play on the right back and with Sawa away we need him to balance the squad. We will, however, not take any drastic decision until he has seen the doctor,” he said.