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Matlama striker back in action

The
Mazenod-born striker has insisted that he feels stronger than ever after making
his comeback from a career-threatening leg injury.

Khali
broke his leg in a collision with LDF goalkeeper, Sello Ramakau, in a Vodacom
Premier League match in April last year.

The
collision left him with fractured lower tibia and fibula shinbones.
The
striker told the Sunday Express that it was very painful when the injury
forced him out of the 2011 Caf Under-20 African Youth Championship held in
South Africa. 

“It
was a very painful moment of my career. I was on crutches and had to watch my
teammates in action on television,” Khali said.

“Though,
it is still hurting that I missed such an important tournament, it feels good
to be back playing football again.”
He
added: “I have put everything behind me and I want to see myself scoring goals
again and help Matlama challenge for honours.”
The
striker said he always felt positive that he would be on the pitch again,
despite fears he would not play football again.
“It’s
been a while but I was always positive and I knew I would come back stronger,”
he said.
Long-serving
Matlama defender, Thapelo Mokhehle, said the return of Khali will boost their
striking department ahead of the new league season.

“He
looked hungry in the one-all draw against Free State Stars a few weeks ago and
I have no doubt that he will help us challenge for silverware in the new
campaign,” Mokhehle said.
“We are all excited to
see him back in action after a long injury layoff and surely he will provide us
with the goals again,”
Mokhehle said.

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