Mvula out injured for three weeks

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Mvula out injured for three weeks OUT IN THE COLD . . . Dynamos goalkeeper Taimon Mvula will be out of action for at least three weeks

The Herald

Tadious Manyepo 

Sports Reporter

TAIMON Mvula is set to miss action for at least three weeks. 

The Dynamos goalkeeper suffered a shoulder injury in his team’s Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final clash against FC Platinum at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

He had to be withdrawn from the game with only 24 minutes on the clock. 

Mvula, one of the main reasons Dynamos have sustained the push for the elusive Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title, overstretched as he made extra effort to tip a zooming Walter Musona free-kick. 

He was eventually replaced by Frank Kuchineyi who gave a good account of himself, keeping the miners at bay throughout the match which ended goalless in regulation time. 

The Mvula understudy even saved Nomore Chinyerere’s penalty kick during the tie-breaker although Dynamos went on to lose 4-2. 

And there was always a huge concern about Mvula’s condition. 

He has since been urged by the medical team to rest as much as he could and avoid partaking in any fragile activity. 

The former Hwange shot-stopper will now miss at least three matches, a situation he has described as hurting. 

“I am pained, of course, but that’s part and parcel of this game,” he said. 

“I have been told not to undertake in any (physical) activities in the next two weeks and I am not training at the moment. 

“As a footballer, you want to play every minute, you want to train in every session and I am hurt I cannot do anything at the moment. 

“The moment I went down after I made that reflex save, I felt sudden pain on the shoulder. I was treated on the pitch but from the way I was feeling, I knew I needed to be substituted. 

“That’s when I told the technical team, I couldn’t continue. The pain increased as the day progressed . . .” Dynamos face Ngezi Platinum Stars at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday knowing they have no space to err. 

Coach Tonderai Ndiraya has described Mvula’s injury as a huge blow for his team.

He is, however, confident Kuchineyi and third goalkeeper Prince Tafiremutsa will be equal to the job. 

“Of course, it’s a huge setback. Taimon is one of our outstanding performers. The statistics which he has posted say it all.

“Besides, as a coach, you need all your players, especially at a critical moment like this,” said Ndiraya. 

“We can only hope that he recuperates sooner than later. 

“I am, however, very confident Kuchineyi and Tafiremutsa will do the job in Mvula’s absence. 

“Kuchineyi came in to replace Mvula on Sunday and he showed us what he can do. He is a big player with a lot of Premierships experience and we know what he is capable of doing.” 

Before the arrival of Kuchineyi and Tafiremutsa, Ndiraya always talked about the need to have three goalkeepers in the fold who are equally competent. 

That followed the departure of Geofrey Chitsumba to Triangle. 

Kuchineyi and Tafiremutsa were playing for Herentals with the two together with Anesu Gondo finding themselves alternating for the No. 1 at the Kumbirai Mutuwekuziva outfit. 

However, Dynamos fans will be praying Mvula makes a quick return to the fold given the manner in which he has served the outfit. 

Until his 24th minute substitution on Sunday, Mvula was the only DeMbare player who had played every minute in all competitions since the first whistle of the current season. 

He has kept 16 clean sheets in the league and 18 in all competitions, making him a front-runner not only for the Golden Glove award but for the Soccer Star of the Year accolade. 

In a season the PSL leaders FC Platinum are thriving on team work rather than individual brilliance, Mvula is one player in the whole league who has been outstanding in terms of individual brilliance. 

However, misfortunes seem to have been following him in the past fortnight. 

Before his injury last weekend, Mvula had made a catastrophic mistake when gifting Black Rhinos a last-minute equaliser when the teams played a 1-1 draw in the league at Vengere the week before. 

That was the first mistake Mvula made since joining Dynamos from Hwange two years ago.

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