ANOTHER suspension of domestic football action has come as a blessing in disguise for Mutare-born CAPS United wide-man, Phenias Bamusi who is recovering from an injury that had left him sidelined from participating in his team’s chase for Chibuku Super Cup glory.
After having enjoyed a brief respite to resume, the competition was paused again last week as a measure of containing the rising number of local Covid-19 infections.
And while Bamusi was itching for an imminent return to the park and play a role in the Green Machine’s quest for the knock-out silverware, adjournment of the tournament will accord him more time to recuperate.
The diminutive Dangamvura-bred star pulled a muscle in his left leg in the opening Group One match of the Chibuku Super Cup tourney against Yadah Stars on May 22 at National Sports Stadium.
He was subsequently withdrawn after 50 minutes in the contest, which ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
Bamusi says he is on the mend now.
“My recovery from the injury is progressing very well. I was getting closer to returning before games were suspended again,” he said.
“In fact, I was already up and running and had since started light training. In a way, this somewhat comes as a blessing of sorts because it will allow me some extra time to work on fully recovering by conditioning myself.”
He, however, pointed out that it was disappointing to have missed out on the first half of the campaign.
The former Buffaloes player sat out the ensuing group games against Harare City, Herentals, ZPC Kariba, the blockbuster Harare Derby against cross-town rivals Dynamos and the reverse fixture against the Miracle Boys.
“It was a great feeling to have started playing football again after such a lengthy layoff that was occasioned by the Covid-19 national lockdown.
“But suffering a knock just as we were restarting was a huge blow actually more painful than the injury because it meant that I could not contribute to my team’s quest for success,” said the slippery winger.
Bamusi is hopeful of full revitalisation and immediately joining the fray by the time football restarts.
He remains a key and senior member of the MaKepeKepe squad who provides a dynamic dimension to the team’s attack through his penetrative and forward drive from wide areas.