Flames striker Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango is nearing his return from a groin injury.
The Bloemfontein Celtic forward is yet to play this season, but is expected to resume full training in two weeks.
“I have started with light training and I am feeling awesome. Our physiotherapist has done wonderfully well, dealing with my injury and I have somehow recovered before the expected time,” Mhango told his club’s website.
Mhango missed Flames 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Zimbabwe’s Warriors and Swaziland’s Sihlangu Semnikati due to the injury.
Flames coach Ernest Mtawali yesterday said he is keeping his fingers crossed that the prolific forward will be available for the 2018 World Cup first preliminary round match against Tanzania’s Taifa Stars slated for October 7 away in Dar es Salaam
“If he will resume full training in two weeks that means he could be available for the Tanzania match which is four weeks away,” said Mtawali, adding: “I am praying that his club will release him.”
Mhango is aware he faces a battle for game-time given the recent signings of Helder Pelembe and Geofrey Massa.
“The club has signed some exceptionally talented and prolific strikers this season and that has created nice competition among us.
“Our major goal is to win some trophies and end up on a respectable position at the end of the season. I feel obliged to work with vitality and get selected once I have reached the right fitness levels.” n