Luphahla relieved as 'horror' season comes to an end

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The Zimbabwe international was not registered to play in the just-ended season following a nasty injury he picked up in 2006/07.

The 31-year-old, who joined from new champions, Supersport United, can only play next season if management, as per earlier pledge, register him for the forthcoming season.

Luphahla is confident he can fight his way back into the team and rediscover the impressive form that he enjoyed before injury stalled his career.

“I am glad that the season has come to an end. I feel more than 100 percent fit and I am raring to go. I cannot wait for the resumption of 2008/09 season. I am highly confident and feel I can rediscover the form I enjoyed before the injury forced me out.”

Luphahla has not kicked a ball for 14 months since a nasty collision with Jomo Cosmos Namibian goalkeeper Abisai Shiningayamwe during a league match left the Zimbabwean nursing two fractures in his leg and his shin detached at the knee.

There were fears he would never play again, but he has overcome the odds to make a remarkable recovery.

However, he was forced to sit out a further six months, as he was not registered for the remainder of this season, making way for Colombian striker Luis Renteria.

During Luphahla’s absence, Stars failed to retain a top eight finish and crashed out in the early stages of the CAF Champions League, a setback he blames on their lack of experience.

His country failed to impress either as the Warriors failed to qualify for the African Nations Cup that Egypt won in Ghana at the beginning of the year.