Musona injury dents Golden Boot pursuit

Red-hot Zimbabwean striker Knowledge Musona could have his quest to repeat his 2011 feat of winning the Absa Premiership’s Golden Boot Award affected by injury.

Knowledge Musona being carried off the pitch.
Knowledge Musona being carried off the pitch.

Currently two goals behind teammate Bernard in the scoring charts, the Zimbabwe Warriors hitman limped-off in the 37th minute of Kaizer Chiefs’ 2-0 FNB Stadium win over DRC side, TP Mazembe, after he twisted his ankle.

Musona, who scored Chiefs’ first goal of the game in the eight minute, was replaced by compatriot Matthew Rusike as the Amakhosi won 2-0 but bombed out of the continental competition in the second round, on a 2-3 aggregate score line.

Coach Stuart Baxter blamed the subsequent failure to make progress in the tournament partly on the injury to his main striker, who followed goalkeeper Reyaard Pieterse, who got a cut on his eye and had to be pulled out in the 20th minute.

“The injuries affected us on Saturday and will affect us in the next tournaments if they fail to recover on time,” said the British-born coach early in the week.

“Any substitutions when they are forced, it takes away a little bit of your tactical ability to change your players a little bit later in the game. And the injuries to Musona and Pieterse happened when we were having a go at them. Knowledge jumped and landed wrong on his left ankle. He has a ligament strain on the outside of the ankle. Both are going for scans on Monday to confirm the extent of their injuries.”

It was not clear how long Musona, who has scored eight goals in the league and half the number in the Champions League, would sit on the sidelines, but he was set to miss Chiefs’ home midweek league game against Golden Arrows.

A member of the Naturena-based giants’ medical team said they would only be able to know the extent of his injury after conducting some scans.

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