Red Lions prolific striker Innocent Bokosi has said he may be forced into early retirement after failing to access proper treatment for his knee injury.
Bokosi picked the injury in a pre-season match against Mafco during preparations for the current season in October last year.
The 2015 TNM Super League golden boot award winner said he continues to miss action on the pitch because of the injury.
“It is disappointing to start thinking about retirement at this stage when I am only 28. I know it is possible for me to recover if I get proper medication. I have tried my best to get whatever help I can but things are not working out. Everyone here at my club knows that I am failing to return to the pitch because of this injury.
“I know of many other players who have suffered similar injuries but have returned to action after receiving treatment. I have heard of players sustaining serious injuries and recovering after being taken to Beit Cure International Hospital in Blantyre. Sadly, it looks like I cannot benefit from the same,” Bokosi said.
The attacker took his frustrations to Facebook where he appears to have given up on ever returning to the pitch.
“Gone are the days…Glad to be in history of Malawian football. Things will never be the same….Sad to my lovely fans, [who] will not be able to show [see] what I am capable of [doing]…it pains me to retire while [still] young but it all goes with God’s plan…[a] new chapter awaits,” reads a post on his page.
However, Lions General Secretary Davie Gondwe said processes are underway for Bokosi to be treated at a recommended hospital.
“We are making every effort to ensure that our player should go to a recommended hospital for treatment. I am not in a position to say the exact day when Bokosi will go to the hospital but we are working on something,” Gondwe said.
He advised the player against making a decision in anger as he could end up regretting.
“I remain optimistic that it will not take long for him to go to the hospital for treatment. We raised the issue to top management of our club. We appreciate the fact that our player needs quick attention.
“We are yet to be given a go-ahead on taking him to the hospital for specialised treatment. So the best we can do is waiting. Bokosi remains our player and he should not retire from football until we reach a point of failing after doing our best,” Gondwe said.
Football Players Association of Malawi General Secretary Ernest Mangani said they are ready to help Bokosi.
“The player is our member and we will meet him so that he furnishes us with details of what happened. He needs to give us more information. We are ready to help him get proper treatment,” Mangani said.
Bokosi finished the 2015 TNM Super League as a joint top goal-scorer with Nyasa Big Bullets forward Chiukepo Msowoya with 14 goals each.