'Sibanda, Mhango out of danger'

HARARE - The two FC Platinum players, Charles Sibanda and Winston Mhango, who were involved in an accident on Saturday night on their way to Bulawayo after their Chibuku Super Cup semifinal victory against Harare City — are now out of danger.

FC Platinum spokesperson Chido Chizondo last night told the Daily News that the two are recovering well and were discharged from hospital yesterday morning.

The duo had hiked a private vehicle from Zishavane to Bulawayo when they were involved in an accident before being rushed to Mater Dei Hospital.

“They have been discharged this morning from Mater Dei, it wasn’t anything too serious but just some bruises,” Chizondo told the Daily News yesterday.

“They are both recovering at home now and will wait for their assessment with the team physiotherapist on Wednesday to ascertain whether they will be available for the weekend assignment.”

Reports are that the players were given a lift by a friend.

The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle resulting in the accident.

The two players had featured in FC Platinum’s 3-0 demolition of Harare City to progress to the final of the Chibuku Super Cup.

Sibanda scored the platinum miners’ second goal after Rodwell Chinyengetere had scored the opener while Marshal Mudehwe scored the third.

The Zvishavane-based side will now meet Ngezi Platinum Stars, who dismissed Highlanders 1-0 in another semifinal clash yesterday.

Injury to the two players could be a massive blow for coach Norman Mapeza as they are still in the running for a league and cup double.

Mapeza would definitely want his strongest squad in the remaining three matches and the Chibuku Cup final. The platinum miners travel to Chapungu for their next Castle Premiership tie.     

Last year, Sibanda also survived another accident then playing for How Mine when he crashed his Toyota Vitz, sustained injuries on his right shoulder and was admitted at Mpilo Hospital.

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