Kamela narrates injury ordeal
FORMER Premier League Player of the Season, Jerry Kamela, says it is emotionally draining to spend two seasons on the side-lines nursing an injury.
The Lioli utility player has managed only 20 minutes of action this season which came in the first-round match against Matlama.
Kamela has been struggling with a recurrent ankle injury since last season.
Kamela, who was the 2015/16 player of the season having played a crucial role in Lioli winning the league that year, admitted that it has been a difficult spell. He said it was torturous for him spending most of the season on the treatment table after playing the best of his football in the last three years.
“I would be lying to say the injury has not affected me mentally,” Kamela said.
“An injury affects you entirely because it prevents you from doing what you like. However, what is important is having the right support structures from the family, team and friend to overcome the whole situation.”
Kamela said the recurrent injury has now made him scared of making a return.
“I was declared ready to return to action early this season but suffered the same injury again.
“I am now a bit scared that the next time I step onto the field of play it will reoccur. I am hopeful that I will have recovered by the start of the new season.
“I miss playing and making a contribution to my team, but I’m hopeful that I will make a return soon,” Kamela said.
The midfielder who had been one of the most consistent players in the country in the last three years, said he also misses playing for the national team.
Kamela was the only survivor from the Leslie Notši coached team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2013 COSAFA Cup in Zambia. He also managed to also keep his place in the 2015 and 2016 edition of the tournament under Seephephe Matete and Moses Maliehe respectively.
“Those were the best times in my career and I miss contributing to my team and country. I know that I have a mountain to climb in getting back to my best again and winning my place in the national team but that is my motivation.
“I have to fight get my career back on track. It is all part of being a soccer player and I am confident that with all the support I have, I will make it back,” he said.