Absa Premiership

Phungwayo eyes early comeback

2015-01-23 08:04
Patrick Phungwayo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates can breathe a sigh of relief as defender Patrick Phungwayo could be back in action a lot sooner than expected.

Read: Retirement for Nomvete?

Phungwayo suffered a knee injury in the build up to the African Cup of Nations and was forced to miss out on the continental showpiece.

At the time, it appeared as if the injury was serious enough to rule the player out for the remainder of the season.

But having returned to his club, Phungwayo has received some morale-boosting news.

"The doctor that [the Bafana Bafana doctor] side had said I would be out for two to three months and now to find out that I will actually be out for only two weeks makes me feel really good about my situation," Phungwayo told the club's official website.

"I’m happy because the idea of being out of football for a long period of time was disappointing, I mean I had to deal with the possibility of my season ending prematurely," he added.

The former Bidvest Wits left-back also says he holds no grudges against the Bafana medical team for what has proved to be an overly conservative prognosis on his knee.

"I must say that I am happy that the National Team doctor opted for the safer route because it shows that they put the player’s health first.

"You can never be too careful about these things because if a minor injury is not properly attended to, it can easily develop into a long term injury and in some instances even a career ending injury, therefore I am grateful that I have the opportunity to heal properly and live to fight another day as it were."


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Free State Stars v SuperSport United, Goble Park 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Maritzburg United, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Friday, 15 December 2017
Cape Town City FC v AmaZulu FC, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates, Goble Park 18:00
Wits v Platinum Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.