Orlando Pirates striker Zakhele Lepasa’s nagging knee injury has put a halt to his involvement in the South African national team, Bafana Bafana’s, clash against Ivory Coast.
As the Ivorian squad prepares to face a star-studded Bafana Bafana, Lepasa’s absence has raised questions, and the team’s doctor, Thabo Maleka, provides insight into the situation.
The Injury Woes
Zakhele Lepasa’s injury is located in his left knee, a troublesome ailment for any professional athlete, especially a striker.
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The injury has been exacerbated by a series of recent games and intense training sessions, shedding light on the challenges faced by players in maintaining their fitness and health.
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"Lepasa is struggling with a left knee injury, which could have been exacerbated again, by the recent games and also training," Team Doctor, Thabo Maleka.#BafanaBafana#UNPLAYABLE pic.twitter.com/FL1mprKRdA
— #UNPLAYABLE (@UnplayableZA) October 15, 2023
A Promising Talent
Lepasa, a striker for Orlando Pirates, has been a rising star in South African football.
His performances both at the club and national team levels have earned him recognition and admiration.
However, injuries are an unfortunate part of an athlete’s journey, and Lepasa is currently grappling with one that has put his international duties on hold.
Bafana Bafana’s Loss
His absence from the South African national team has not gone unnoticed.
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His skill and presence on the field are an asset, and the team will undoubtedly miss his contribution in the upcoming clash against Ivory Coast.