Former Zebras player Mosimanegape ‘Twizzer’ Ramohibidu has confessed to drawing courage from former national team teammates after the Botswana Football Association (BFA) turned a blind eye on him.
The former Zebras defender is confined to a wheel chair following a horrific car accident in 2015. The former FC Satmos player praised players for their continuous assistance given to him in his journey to full recovery.
According to the player, his former peers have taken it upon themselves to help him and have assisted in kind and monetary gifts. Among the players mentioned are the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Mogakolodi Ngele, Bloemfontein Celtics goal minder Kabelo Dambe and Township Rollers attacker Joel Mogorosi.
The trio played alongside Ramohibidu in the team that made Botswana’s historic maiden appearance at the 2012 Afcon finals. While he struggles to make ends meet as he resides in his home village of Lorwana, some of the funds he gets from players assists in his travel logistics to reach medical centres.
‘’Keep the faith and just be tough you will certainly regain your abilities,” Ramohibidu says his former mates continue to tell him. He says he was overwhelmed last week when Dambe immensely assisted him with funds to cover some of his expenses. Dambe was home on national duty when the Zebras were on camp for an away fixture against Burkina Faso in an Afcon 2019 qualifier match.
‘’Some of my former teammates have shown me the spirit of unity despite my playing days having ended. I received a call from Dambe before the Zebras boarded for Burkina Faso and he sent me money to assist with my needs. The likes of Ngele and Mogorosi are some of the players that continue to fight this battle with me,” Ramohibidu told Sunday Standard.
Concerning his condition, the lanky defender said he is gradually getting better and hoping to walk again in future. “My doctor advised that the spine takes longer to heal depending on reaction of the body and I am doing all necessary precautions as per advice from the doctors. My challenge now is that my body was used to regular exercise and being confined to a wheel chair is doing no good to me as my muscles are now complaining due to lack of exercise,” said Ramohibidu.
Asked about assistance from the BFA, Ramohibidu furiously expressed not to talk about the local football mother body. “I don’t want to talk about the BFA as they have never said a word and failed to support me during the tough times I am going through since incurring injuries,” he said.