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MBABANE – In an effort to safeguard him from another head injury, returning Mbabane Swallows striker Sabelo ‘Sikhali’ Ndzinisa will be wearing a head guard.

A head guard is a padded helmet worn to protect the head in contact sports such as rugby and boxing. However, there are instances where soccer players wear it, especially when they had a head injury. One particular example is former Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Cech, who wears it during games.

Cech wears the head guard because he sustained a head-on-collision injury against Reading player in 2006. He was instructed to wear a head guard for safety reasons because he had underwent a surgery for a depressed skull fracture. This was confirmed by Mbabane Swallows PRO Jackson Dlamini yesterday.

“Ndzinisa’s injury has healed but to ensure that he does not incur a head injury, he will wear a head guard during the games. These were instructions from the doctors and we need to respect them. The team has already bought the head guard and he will be wearing it on Saturday when we play Manzini Sundowns,” Dlamini said.


He further said that they were expecting to finalise ‘Sikhali’s registration paperwork today.
“You will recall that the doctors gave him a green light to play in December but he could not play because he was not registered yet. We have already submitted his papers to the Eswatini Football Association and we are hoping that all his papers will be ready by tomorrow (today),” he said
The striker has fully recovered from the head injury he suffered in August 2017.

This was during the Eswatini Telecom Charity Cup where Swallows were playing against bitter-sworn rivals, Mbabane Highlanders. The game was played at Somhlolo National Stadium where Swallows won 3-2.

After the injury, a craniotomy surgery was done on the striker’s head at Manzini Clinic, costing Swallows over E400 000 in operation fees.
‘Sikhali’ was once nominated for the African Player of the Year and has also scooped the top goalscorer award and player of the season in the 2016/17 season.

On another note, Dlamini pleaded with the team’s supporters to wear the ‘Myekeleni Aphumule’ T-shirt tomorrow.
“We will be wearing the ‘Myekeleni Aphumule’ T-shirts in honour of the late Gamedze. This is around the time, January 14, when he was taken away from us a year ago. The T-shirts will also be sold at the stadium at E80,” he added.

The ‘Birds’ will cross swords with Manzini Sundowns in a league clash tomorrow at Somhlolo National Stadium. Kick-off time is 4pm.

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