Mighty Be Forward Wanderers will still miss three key players—defender Francis Mlimbika, strikers Jabulani Linje and Ishmael Thindwa—in next weekend’s Carlsberg Cup final showdown against their arch-rivals Big Bullets.
However, the Nomads could find solace in the return of their midfield kingpin Rafiq Mussa if he will be declared fit for the encounter.
Nomads team manager Stevie Madeira said on Tuesday that Mlimbika and Thindwa, who are nursing knee injuries, are supposed to go for MRA scan on Friday to determine the seriousness of their injuries while nimble-footed Linje has been told to resume serious training from August 29—the day of the final match.
Linje has been out for over a month now following a thigh injury, but Mussa, who is recovering from a groin injury, is set to start serious training next week.
“The three others are definitely out, but we find solace in the prospective return of Rafiq, but that will depend on his level of fitness and if at all he will be considered for selection by the coach,” said Madeira.
But Medeira played down the key players’ absence insisting that they still have enough ammunition to see off their rivals who are the cup holders.