Lanjesi undergoes successful operation, Zoya next

Injured Civo United defender John ‘Kintu’ Lanjesi on Tuesday underwent a successful two-hour operation on his injured knee at Beit Cure International Hospital in Blantyre and hopes to be physically fit after two months.

The Flames upcoming defender has been out of action since the beginning of this year’s super Leagues after he sustained a knee injury during a competitive match.

“I have been told to remain in the hospital for observation. I am now feeling better than earlier before, what has remained is  for this drip to finish,” said Lanjesi.

Lanjesi: In hospital bed after operation. Photos: Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

In a related development, the Civo United versatile defender escaped death on Monday on his way from Lilongwe to Blantyre in a road accident.

Lanjesi was travelling  in an Axa Bus Services which was involved in an accident with National Bus Services in Ntcheu.

“I escaped death during that accident but thank God l did not get injured and l am ok,” said Lanjesi.

That means Lanjesi will become the fourth Civo United player to miss action for the entire season following into the footsteps of Dave Ng’ambi, Joe ‘Dudu’ Kachule and Emmanuel ‘Siyeni’ Zoya, who are nursing injuries.


Zoya, who sustained a knee injury during the Cecafa Tournament in Tanzania against Flames versus Ethiopia game, is scheduled to go for an operation later on Monday.

Zoya: To go under knife

The player was instrumental during the tournament before being injured. He went for scanning on Monday, 12 December 2011.

Results at the hospital revealed that the left back dislocated his knee.

“After examination, they told me that l dislocated my knee. At first l could feel much pain but now the pain is not that much. They also indicated to me that l will be out of action for a period of four months, that means lam out of action for the entire of the season,” he told Nyasa Times, at Blue Bird Motel.

Masanjala warry

Civo United Coach Alex Masanjala told Nyasa Times that the absence of his four players will affect the team because they are his regulars.

“We will definitely miss their services because they are my key players. You can see that in defence we have to finish the season without two key defenders while on the wings no Ng’ambi and Kachule,” said Masanjala.

However, the mentor assured Civo United supporters not to place the panic button because he said there are other players ready to prove their mettle.

Civo United is one of the contenders for 2011-2012 TNM Super League title.

The Area 3 giants are basking on the fifth place on the log table with 33 points having kicked the ball 18 times behind the leaders Silver Strikers, who have 38 points but have played more games 23 than the Civil Servants.

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