Former Nyasa Big Bullets goalkeeper Vincent Gona has successfully undergone surgery at Beit Cure International Hospital in Blantyre, over a year after suffering a career-threatening back injury.
The operation, carried out on Thursday, costing K3.6 million. The money generated through fundraising initiatives, the pinnacle being a match between Bullets and bitter rivals Be Forward Wanderers.
Confirming the development in an interview, Gona expressed joy that the “long and painful journey was nearing an end.” However, he was tight-lipped when asked if he hopes to play football again.
“I am waiting for advice from the doctor but my dream is to play again. Nonetheless, I will take whatever advice I get from the health experts,” he said.
The 28- year-old, who has been admitted to the Blantyre-based hospital, is due to be discharged this weekend.
Gona, who previously played for Azam Tigers, was named goalkeeper of the season in 2014. Shortly after, he sustained the injury that grounded his career for more than a year.
Bullets captain Chiukepo Msowoya wished Gona a quick recovery while also praising the club and other well-wishers that supported him.
“I am pleased that our team-mate has finally undergone operation and I wish him well as he recovers. Vinny is a strong guy and with God’s intervention he will be fit again,” he said, adding: “I extend my vote of thanks to the club, supporters and everybody who donated towards his treatment.”