Luphahla unlikely to be thrown in deep end

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While the Zimbabwean is now back in contention for a place in the Tycoons’ starting line-up after a long layoff, he believes the challenge ahead of him is to regain his sharpness and stamina.

“I feel fully recovered from my injury and other setbacks,” the lanky midfielder tells Kick Off.

“I am ready to play now. As it is, I am training with the rest of the squad but as I see it I am two months away from regaining my sharpness.”

Stars’ technical team says it is impressed with the player's progress but thrusting the 30-year-old back into action instantly could be asking a bit too much from the player.

The gangling midfielder, who has played in Cyprus after a successful stint with Highlanders in his homeland, was injured when he collided with Jomo Cosmos goalkeeper Abisai Shiningayamwe.

Luphahla suffered a further set back when he lost his sister recently. She died in Johannesburg after a short illness.