Khwela waiting for Nkhoesa’s internal wounds to heal after stabbing

2016-01-13 06:00
PHOTO: anthony grote/gameplan media Sbonelo Khwela (front) and Banetse Nkhoesa recorded a convincing victory in the Umpetha Challenge, an FNB Dusi qualifier, at the beginning of November.

PHOTO: anthony grote/gameplan media Sbonelo Khwela (front) and Banetse Nkhoesa recorded a convincing victory in the Umpetha Challenge, an FNB Dusi qualifier, at the beginning of November.

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THE participation of one of the favourite crews to lift the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon K2 title, Banetse Nkhoesa and Sbonelo Khwela, remains in question as Nkhoesa continues to recover from a stabbing incident in December.

Nkhoesa said he had not yet been able to climb back into a boat.

“No, not yet. I am giving it a few more days. Probably, maybe, I will start next week,” he said.

The reason he had been unable to get back on the water yet, he explained, was because his wounds remain painful “on the inside”.

Questioned about what treatment he had received to assist his recovery since spending a couple of days in hospital after the attack, Nkhoesa admitted: “Nothing much, just painkillers. I have stopped using the anti-infection tablets.”

Once he is ready to begin rehabilitation and training, Nkhoesa will work on the recovery process with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation’s Elite Athlete Development Programme at the Prime Human Performance Institute in Durban.

The big question, to which there has been no answer yet, is whether or not Khwela, who won the Dusi K2 title two years ago with five-time champion Andy Birkett, will have to look for another partner.

“I am still waiting. I am not sure yet what is happening at the moment. I am still waiting for Banetse to say how he is feeling,” he said.

Nkhoesa said: “It’s something we are still going to talk about, just see when I get back to training, and whether I feel good enough to give it a go. We might have to talk about Sbonelo getting another partner.”

Khwela said since Nkhoesa was stabbed on December 15, he had been training in a K1 boat.

“It is difficult because it is a K2 year, and to train in a K1 is quite different,” he shared.

“It is going to be tough if Banetse doesn’t come right to try to find someone else,” he concluded.

“I don’t have enough time to grab someone else and train with them, and fit in the boat together. I don’t think we would have enough time. There is nothing I can do until we know what is happening.”

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