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Farmer sidelined ahead of SA U23’s crunch match against Zambia
- Updated: December 1, 2015
Defender Denwin Farmer has been ruled out of South Africa’s crucial football clash against Zambia at the CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal on Tuesday.
Farmer was stretchered off in the 3-1 loss to the hosts on Saturday (28 November) after a clash of heads with an opponent late in the second half, leading to a mild concussion.
He did not complete the training session on Monday afternoon and had to watch from the sidelines.
‘It’s sad for me not to contribute in the clash against Zambia, I would have loved to play but unfortunately I haven’t recovered fully from my injury. However, I support my team fully, I have confidence that they will do well.
‘We have great quality in the squad and I know whoever slots into my position will do a good job. We just need to play as a team and we will come out victorious,’ said Farmer.
The medical department is keeping a close eye on him.
‘He got a hard knock but suffered a mild concussion, which is good news. He has improved a lot from Saturday but we had to withdraw him from the training session as a precaution and could not risk him in the match with Zambia. Hopefully he will have fully recovered for the next fixture on Saturday against Tunisia,’ said team medico Dr Thulani Ngwenya.
The defender is positive about the outcome of the encounter against Zambia. ‘To be honest we did not really play bad in the first game, just that we were not composed in the box and our finishing let us down. We need to take our chances better and we will rectify it in the game against Zambia. We must go all out and make sure we do not concede, and score as many goals as possible,’ added Farmer.
‘Losing is not option at all. We are well prepared and we know what we are up against so have to work on our strengths and let Zambia worry about us.’
The two nations face off at the Leopold Senghor Stadium at 5pm SA time.
Both teams lost their opening matches.
Tunisia and Senegal meet in the other Group A match.
Picture of Farmer courtesy of Sydney Mahlangu/Backpagepix