Ulinzi Stars and the Kenya national team Harambee Stars have suffered a major blow as key striker Oscar Wamalwa has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
The striker fell with his full weight on his right shoulder as he challenged for a ball in the dying minutes of his team’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) game against AFC Leopards on Sunday 2 February at Afraha Stadium.
He would be rushed to the ambulance and straight to hospital for further checks and the club has revealed that he will not be there for the remainder of the season as he needs surgery for the dislocated shoulder.
Back to his best
“The season is over for him because he needs surgery to get his shoulder back so that he may be able to play again. It is a big blow but we want to ensure that he is back to his best again,” Ulinzi Stars Team Medic John Imboywa says on the club website.
Wamalwa, who got his first ever call up to the national team ahead of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge, went on to cement his place at Harambee Stars as he would later be feted as the tournament’s top scorer at the competition, just months after winning the same accolade at the East Africa Military Games.
Oscar had already scored seven goals in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and being six short of the lead scorer, John Makwatta, he had declared his intention to go for the Golden Boot.
The injury marks a sad ending to a promising season for the forward, and Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi was among the first at the ambulance at Afraha Stadium to check his condition and wish him well.