By Angu Lesley
Banyana Banyana forward Thembi Kgatlana has been definitely been ruled out of the rest of South Africa’s 2022 Africa Women’s cup of Nations tournament.
The lethal striker who had had a great start to the competition scoring once and bagged home one Woman of the match award in three games has sustained a rupture which punctures her participation.
Thembi limped off injured in the 69th minute of the Group C 1-0 win against Botswana on Sunday and updates about that not enticing to those who love to see the stars of the competition on display.
“Thembi Kgatlana sustained a complete rupture of the left Achilles tendon against Botswana, which was confirmed by the MRI scan this morning. Unfortunately she will be out for the whole WAFCON 2022 tournament and she is due for an operation back home in South Africa,” Team Doctor Rodney Mokoka is quoted by www.safa.net this Monday.
The medical staff equally revealed immediate plans to get the striker back on her feet as soon as possible.
“Post operation healing will be guided by certain milestones that we have to achieve, of course, a comprehensive functional rehabilitation programme will be in place for her but the quicker we achieve those milestones the quicker she will be back in the field of play,” Mokoka added before going ahead to brief on another key player battling with an injury in coach Desire Ellis’ squad in the ongoing tournament.
“Jermain Seoposenwe sustained a soft tissue injury of the ankle against Botswana. She is doing well and will be available for training tomorrow [on Tuesday].”
However, we understand she will do so on the express advice that she plays a part in South Africa’s knockout rounds clash against Tunisia on Thursday at the Stade Prince Moulay Al Hassan, Rabat.
Thembi, 2018 AWCON top scorer who has already starred in this edition of the competition will be missed.
Thembi Kgatlana recently move to Racing Louisville from Spanish side Atletico Madrid but will be treated in SA till when she regains fitness to report to her new club.
Earlier in the competition Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria also picked up an injury that ruled her out of the rest of the competition.
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