Is Zvirekwi’s Playing Career Over?

As questions continue to be asked on whether amputated CAPS United captain Hardlife Zvirekwi will still be able to play professionally after he recovers, one of the players who found themselves in the same situation like the Warriors full-back in the early 1980s – Todd Gwamure – says it will be difficult though still possible. Zvirekwi’s left hand was amputated from the wrist at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on Monday after it was badly injured in a car accident in the early hours of the same day.

Just like Zvirekwi, Mbare-born Gwamure, who at one stage played alongside local soccer greats in the likes of Stanford “Stix” M’tizwa, Reuben Musambudzi, Raphael “Tsano” Beira, David Mukahanana, Anthony Kambani and goalkeeper Leon “Tingo” Linyama at the then Division One outfit ProNutro, had his right hand amputated after a freak accident at his workplace in 1985.

He recovered after about seven months, but could not play professionally again as he lacked balance, agility and found it difficult to block the ball or make sliding tackles as a defender.

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