Malawi U-17 coach Kaputa to go under the knife Friday: Misses Botswana’s trip

Malawi Under-17 coach John Kaputa will go under the surgeon knife for an operation on his fractured left leg this coming Friday, Nyasa Times understands.

Kaputa, who failed to travel with the Junior Flames on Wednesday, September, 19, 2012 to Botswana picked up the injury during training when his player tackled him accidentally before being rushed to the hospital.

The Junior Flames are expected to play Botswana in the second leg of the CAF Championship this coming Friday after they managed a 2-1 victory in the first leg in Lilongwe.

Kaputa while on his bed at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. -Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

Speaking with Nyasa Times on Wednesday’s evening on his bed at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the commercial city of Malawi, Blantyre, Kaputa said  scans revealed that he dislocated his bone.

“After examinations at the hospital, they told me that a bone got broken. I was supposed to be operated today but they failed because my blood pressure was high, instead l have been told to wait for my blood pressure to normalize before being operated on Friday,” said Kaputa.

Mpulula takes charge, upbeat

Meanwhile, the coach is using crunches after doctors put a Plaster of Paris on his leg.

On another note, Malawi Under-17 assistant coach Leo Mpulura has assured the nation that they will continue where they left in the first leg by burning Botswana into ashes.

Mpulura told Nyasa Times before the team left for Botswana on Wednesday’s morning at Chileka Airport that the game has been dedicated to their injured coach.

“We are fully geared and my appeal to Malawians in Botswana is to come in large number to cheer us because we are prepared,” said Mpulura.

Mpulura also said that their aim is to attack in order to score more goals.

The Junior Flames captain Lovemore Jere also vowed to defend their 2-1 lead by denying their opponents to score any goal.

“We are ready to die for the nation. We are aware that we have carried our flag and victory is what is on our mind,” said Jere.

Brian and Lovemore Jere before their departure at Chileka Aiport. Photo by Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

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