Injury not behind Deco move

02 Jul, 2021 - 00:07 0 Views
Injury not behind Deco move Danny Phiri


Fungai Muderere
Danny “Deco” Phiri and imposing goalkeeper Edmore “Zikeeper” Sibanda have parted ways with South African side Golden Arrows, but not for the reasons circulating on social media.

Player representative Gibson Mahachi, fighting in the corner of the two players, says Phiri’s relationship with Arrows was not affected by the career-threatening injury that he picked late last year. Sibanda left because of lack of game time.

Phiri, a former Warriors and Chicken Inn captain picked up a career threatening injury in August last year during Arrows’ 1-2 league defeat to Black Leopards at Ellis Park Stadium only to make a remarkable return to the field in February 2021, after spending five months in the treatment room.

“Phiri had a fixed contract with Golden Arrows and we knew that it was coming to an end. Unfortunately, it was not renewed, but I must say that nasty injury that he picked last year did not affect his stay at Arrows. He is fully fit now and as such, we are making frantic efforts to get him a new deal in South Africa,” said Mahachi.

Phiri amassed 97 games for the club across all competitions.

“Just like Phiri, Edmore Sibanda also had a fixed contract but he didn’t get enough game time,” said Mahachi.

Sibanda (34), an ex-CAPS United gloveman, signed on a free transfer after impressing at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with the Warriors, but played a peripheral role due to the emergence of Arrows academy graduate Sifiso Mlungwana last season.

After finishing in fourth place last season, the KZN-based side are set to undergo major changes, with several of their players linked with moves away while head coach Mandla Ncikazi has already left for Orlando Pirates.

The likes of Nkosinathi Sibisi and Devine Lunga are among those poised for bigger moves, with the latter having agreed terms with Mamelodi Sundowns.

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