Gor’s star goes under the knife after gruesome injury

Karim Nizigiyimana of Gor Mahia FC spits water during their SportPesa Premier League match against ...
(FILE)Injured Karim will play no part in the game but has backed his compatriots to prevail over Kenya.PHOTO/ Ondego/SportsPicha

Gor Mahia’s dream of getting their Caf -Champions League campaign off to a flying start in 2018 has suffered a major dent with one of the planks of the playing unit set to be out of action for the next three months.

Burundian international and right back Karim Nizigiyimana will not be in the picture and the latest he could begin light training is late February after undergoing a surgery at a city hospital to jumpstart his healing process.

“Karim got injured on his right foot and had to get a good medical attention. The scans and check-ups revealed that Karim had a torn Achilles tendon on his right foot and needed a surgery …he was admitted today (Thursday) in one of the hospitals in Nairobi and had a successful surgery to work on the injury – he will be discharged on Saturday.

“He will be out of active football for three months and that means, the earliest he can kick a ball or start some light training sessions is late February – that’s next year,” the club announced  on its official Face book page.

Karim picked the gruesome injury in mid October in an explosive league contest with Mathare United and only featured for 14 minutes before being stretched off the pitch as a result.

“We pray for him and believe he will recover well and be the Karim we all know in football again,” the club statement added.

A graphic illustration on the injury suffered by Karim Nizigiyimana that will keep him sidelined until end Februar ./PHOTO/ Gor Mahia
A graphic illustration on the injury suffered by Karim Nizigiyimana that will keep him sidelined until end Februar ./PHOTO/ Gor Mahia

The soft spoken Burundian joined K’Ogalo in January 2015 from popular Rwandan club Rayon Sports and was part of the all- conquering Gor squad of that season which won the league title unbeaten to replicate the heroics of 1976.

Due to his impeccable run that term, he not only scooped the monthly football writers’ award but was also crowned as the Kenyan Premier League Best Defender at the annual gala – the Footballer of the Year Awards.

His  long layoff may jolt  coach Dylian Kerr to early activity in the transfer market as the league supremos seek to make an impression in the continental scene where they have of late been mere bridesmaids.

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