Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
BDF XI striker Remmington Masuku has admitted to benefiting from the coronavirus-enforced lockdown after using it to recover from a sports hernia injury he suffered in January.
Masuku, whose side BDF XI plays in Botswana’s top-flight, told H-Metro yesterday that the suspension of sporting activities worked to his advantage since he was possibly going to miss the remainder of the season.
“This lockdown has been a blessing in disguise for me personally because I got injured in January. I had an injury called “Hernia” which starts like a groin but now I’ve recovered, I stayed out since January upto May,” he said.
The Zimbabwean said he has since started training alone and is hoping to hit the ground running when football resumes in his league.
“I just started doing my individual training this month and it’s not easy training alone because when you feel tired you just stop and its bad, the coaches will be calling and saying its gonna be alright not knowing when exactly, its really frustrating honestly.”
Masuku likened life without football to losing a loved one.
“And life without football is not good at all. It feels like losing your loved one, that pain which you can’t heal from.
“But overall I’ve been safe here, I play for a defence forces team and I stay in a soldier’s camp so its strict you know the rules
but all in all I’ve been staying safe indoors,” he said.
The 25-year-old said he was targeting to be top goal scorer and described as a setback the injury he suffered, subsequently the suspension of sporting activities.
“The suspension of football was a serious setback and my goal was to get the golden boot this season and all was going well until I got injured but still the gap is not much, I feel I can cover up,” he said.
Masuku said discipline has helped him achieve having played for a number of clubs locally.
“I play in the Premier League here for BDF XI. Football is all the same here in Africa, any player can player in any league it only depends on how hard you work and how disciplined you are the other thing is loving the job and respecting the game and yourself as an individual, playing far from home makes you grow mentally.
“I was born in Hwange and grew up in South Africa. I once played for Bidvest Wits academy U/14. I also for Hwange, Bulawayo Chiefs and Tsholotsho back home in Zimbabwe and then in 2016 I came to Botswana played one season and then went back home I played for Bantu Rovers and then got back in Botswana as a better player.
“I’ve played under coach Nation Dube, Lizwe Sweswe, Thulani Sibanda and Bongani Mafu and ind 2015 I nearly signed at Highlanders and Chicken Inn, I was blazing fire in the first division Southern region,” he said.
His biggest dream is to play for the Warriors.
“My biggest dream is to represent my country at senior level I had high hopes in the last Cosafa I was hoping for a call up but then the coach had to use the guys who were going to the Afcon finals and it was hurting but then it is. I’ve got a few more years to shine just that the Botswana league is overlooked and I understand I also used to judge it low when I was still playing in Zimbabwe but once you play here you get to see that football is just the same we play to compete right,” he said.