The Sunday News
Innocent Kurira , Sports Reporter
HIGHLANDERS goalkeeper Ariel Sibanda has started doing light training as he continues to recover from a wound on his right leg.
There had been reports the player’s wound would keep him on the sidelines for a long time or the worst scenario see him retire. However, Zimpapers Sports Hub understands the injury is not as serious as previously thought.
What Sibanda has been battling with is cellulitis which is a common bacterial skin infection that causes redness, swelling and pain in the infected area of the skin. His recovery has gone well and he could be ready to go between the sticks when the season starts.
“I have started light training and my recovery is progressing well. The wound is healing and I’m certainly looking forward to the upcoming season. The mood in camp is positive as we prepare for the new season. The boys are working hard and we are hopeful that we will improve from our performance last season,” said Sibanda.
Sibanda, who has now spent 16 years at Bosso, believes his legendary status at the club can only be sealed if he manages to win a title with the club and it’s the driving factor for him to stay and fight for the title with Bosso as he considers it a priority.
Bosso over the years have produced cult heroes for the club and Sibanda has established himself towards that cap.
Presently, he is the team’s captain. Despite having a fine start with a 19-game unbeaten run, Highlanders faltered along the way as they found themselves crippling in the second-half of the season.
Sibanda, who managed 19 clean sheets, was voted goalkeeper of the year and was part of the 2023 Soccer Star of the Year list of 11. He was also voted thrice before in 2012, 2018 and 2019 to make himself one of the most decorated individuals on the local scene.
For the greater part of last season, Bosso looked set to win the elusive league title before eventually surrendering it to Ngezi Platinum.
They finished fifth last season and fans will be expecting nothing short of the league title. — @innocentskizoe