CAPS United captain Hardlife Zvirekwi’s return to action after four months on the sidelines has attracted international interest.
The 31-year-old full-back was involved in a car crash which led to the amputation of his left wrist. He missed the first half of the season as he recovered from the injury and made his comeback early this month, coming in as an 87th-minute substitute against Harare City.
The grant return was not only celebrated in Zimbabwe, but several news websites from South Africa, Zambia, Ghana and as far as in Britain have carried out the story.
The Citizen, a South African newspaper, has reported on Zvirekwi since the time he was in involved in the accident.
Nana Owusu, a Ghanaian football blogger, posted pictures of the player on his Twitter account, describing him as an extraordinary person.
CAPS United captain & Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 int'l HARDLIFE Zvirekwi plays professional football with amputated hand. Involved in gory accident, resumed light training after a month, doctors warned he couldn't play with artificial wrist as it's unacceptable. Well, no wrist no problem 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/5tdIJIiDVZ
— Nana Owusu (@AlfOwusu) July 22, 2018
Now UK’s BBC Sport had an interview with Zvirekwi where revealed that he still wants to play for the Warriors and inspire other people.
“I haven’t retired internationally as yet. The Almighty willing,” he said.
“I still want to break new ground again to represent my nation – in my condition – to inspire other people that the impossible can still be achievable if you are determined and hardworking.”
Zvirekwi’s story is an uplifting testimony just like that of Shaquem Griffin who plays American Football for Seattle Seahawks in the NFL. Griffin refused to let hand amputation dash his NFL dream and has become an inspiration to most players in that sport.