Nyoni’s hopes of returning to the field dashed by nagging foot injury

By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor

FORMER Highlanders and Caps United winger Gabriel Nyoni has been forced into retirement by a foot injury with 14 months of rehabilitation failing to yield positive results.

The speedy winger, who made his name at Highlanders before moving to Caps United, suffered a gruesome injury two years ago.

Nyoni sustained a Lisfranc fracture in a game against Richards Bay FC while turning out for South African side Cape Umoya in the Glad Africa Championship League.

The speedy winger was informed by medical expects that there was a 20% chance of returning to the field but he hoped to overcome the odds.

Sadly after 14 months of rehabilitation, it has dawned that his career is over as recovery has proved fruitless.

Nyoni started his career at Highlanders where he had a distinguished six year stint before joining CAPS United and it was at the Green Machine that he caught the attention of South African top flight side Maritzburg United.

His time at Maritzburg was cut short due to injuries and he moved to Cape Umoya but that would be the end of the road for the man affectionately known as Mahindra after the Indian car brand.