Copper Queens first choice goalie, Nali, heads back to Zambia after successful knee surgery


The Copper Queens first choice goalkeeper, Hazel Nali, has undergone a successfully left knee tendon reconstruction at St. George’s Hospital in New Zealand.

Nali is expected to arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka on November, 18.

This is contained in a statement issued by First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian mission in Australia and New Zealand, Charles Mucholo.

Mucholo stated that Surgeon Andrew Vincent, who conducted the surgery in August, described the operation as successful, without any immediate complications.

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“Vincent reconstructed Nali’s Anterior Cruciate Ligament using a patella tendon graft in August,” he said.

Mucholo added that, the Surgeon and Physiotherapist Emma Beattie are contented with the recovery she continues to make, now that Hazel has restored the basic range of movement and strength measures of her knee.

He said they defined the subsequent stages of Nali’s therapy.

“Her next stage was reinforcement and conditioning her knee, a phase that was likely to take 3 to 4 months, and one that they are contented can be delivered by a suitable therapist in Zambia,” Mucholo observed.

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