Whenever an athlete walks onto the field of play, the greatest fear is getting injured. You cannot think about it much. It happens unfortunately. When a footballer gets injured there are two things you think about: 1. How bad is it? 2. How long will he be out of the game for?
This year Mpilonhle has established a football team. I have reported on many of the matches we have played. The injuries we have suffered have been minor, just a few knocks and some bruises nothing serious.The combination of the size of the players, speed of play, and physical nature of the game makes football injuries quite common.
The two injuries that most footballers fear are head injuries & leg breaks or fractures. Football is a contact sport. As we all know any contact sport injuries are common. The past 3 weeks Mpilonhle FC has been in training for the games this month. Last week Wednesday we had a practice session & Bheki got a fracture on his leg. It will take sometime to recover fully from it. When it happened I was outside looking on. Hearing the sound of bone cracking was gruesome and very scary. It makes you think twice about taking to the field again. I just hope he has a speedy recovery. Bheki loves to play football and I so wish he could get back to playing the game at a later stage. He was looking forward to the game on Friday 30 October.
Some of the players have developed second thoughts about playing after this latest unfortunate injury. I will continue to play as I know that injuries are part of the game. I will dedicate the match on Friday against Masibonisane to Bheki. I just hope I am not the only one who still wants to play the beautiful game.