A Chivi based unearthed footballer; Panashe Mugura (15) whose career is under threat of a premature end is seeking US$850 for surgery on his right leg after he sustained a femur fracture during a training session at school in March.
Mugura is enduring a career and life threatening injury sustained a few days before the announcement of the national corona virus lockdown.
His family and the School, Jenya High, say they have exhausted all options in raising the required fee and have pleaded for intervention amid fears that the youngster might not be able to walk again.
Speaking to CommuTalk, Jenya High School Head, Austin Hakunavanhu pleaded with the local community and well wishers to help Mugura.
“It’s so unfortunate that Panashe is enduring such a rough patch at a tender age. I have watched the boy play and I can say he is a marvel to watch especially when playing as an attacking midfielder or central striker.
“He is a utility player and I hope help comes his way early because we can’t afford to lose such a promising young star due to an injury. As a school we have done everything we could to see Panashe in good shape again but financial constraints have affected his road to recovery,” said Hakunavanhu.
Panashe, a form 2 student has been a mainstay in the school team, but his plight just like many upcoming athletes in rural areas remains a curious case.
There is however hope for the youngster following Zimbabwe Football Association’s strides to revive junior leagues though the opportunity solely depends on his recovery.
The cost of the operation US$800 and an additional US$50 is needed for crutches.
To those willing to assist, Panashe’s parents can be contacted on +263 773 223 921.