TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets have suffered a setback ahead of the 2020/21 season kickoff after two key midfielders Chimango Kaira and Righteous Banda sustained injuries during the team’s pre-season training in Mangochi.
Bullets Team Doctor Felix Mwalule said scans conducted over the weekend revealed that Bullets Vice Captain Kaira suffered a meniscus tear and grade one lateral collateral ligament sprain while Banda sustained a partial anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear as well as meniscus and medial collateral ligament damage.
“ F o l lowing the MRI [Magnetic Resonance Imaging] scans at Polyclinic in Lilongwe this week, I can confirm that Chimango and Righteous will not be available at the start of the new season,” Mwalule said.
He said Kaira would undergo further tests at Beit Cure International in Blantyre this week but the defending midfielder was expected to be sidelined for three months.
Following the injury Kaira also withdrew from Malawi national team camp.
On Banda, Mwalule said the 24-year-old left-footed midfielder sustained an injury on the same knee that kept him out for almost the entire season in 2019.
“He is also set to be assessed at Beit Cure International for surgery, which we expect will be done soon. After the surgery, he is expected to be out of action for six months,” Mwalule said.
Meanwhile, Assistant Coach Peter Mponda has described the development as a setback even though the team has replacements.
“It is very disappointing to lose these players. Last season we didn’t have Righteous due to the same injury. Kaira also played a crucial role in our successful title defence campaign,” he said.
The 2020/21 season will kick off on November 21 when Bullets rivals Be Forward Wanderers, Silver Strikers and Blue Eagles take part in the Ecobank Charity Shield.