Eliakim out for six months

Eliakim out for six months

BRAVE Gladiators defender Helvi Eliakim will only be available for the national side next April, after she recently had an operation on her right knee.

Eliakim, 22, torn ligaments in her knee during an international friendly match against Zimbabwe in Windhoek earlier this year. The hard-tackling defender, who captained the side at the time of her injury, confirmed to The Namibian Sport yesterday that she will be sidelined for six months, meaning that she will miss Namibia’s African Women’s Nations Cup against Botswana on December 2 in Windhoek.She said she will receive physiotherapy for the next six weeks and will then train under a biokineticist to rebuild her muscles and regain fitness.Eliakim has 15 caps to her name, and she says she hopes to recover completely from the operation so that she can continue her football career.She turned out for Windhoek College of Education side Amateachers in the Khomas Women’s Football League before the injury.Eliakim thanked the Namibia Football Association (NFA) for paying half of her medical bills.The association will also carry some of the costs of her rehabilitation treatment.Meanwhile, a training squad of 36 players need to report for fitness trials at the Khomasdal Stadium on November 11 at 09h00.A statement from the NFA’s Women Desk said the players, chosen from all the regions, will compete for places and only 26 will be selected after the first sessions.The selected ones will return for a training camp on November 22, before the side is trimmed to 18 players before the Botswana encounter.The hard-tackling defender, who captained the side at the time of her injury, confirmed to The Namibian Sport yesterday that she will be sidelined for six months, meaning that she will miss Namibia’s African Women’s Nations Cup against Botswana on December 2 in Windhoek.She said she will receive physiotherapy for the next six weeks and will then train under a biokineticist to rebuild her muscles and regain fitness.Eliakim has 15 caps to her name, and she says she hopes to recover completely from the operation so that she can continue her football career.She turned out for Windhoek College of Education side Amateachers in the Khomas Women’s Football League before the injury.Eliakim thanked the Namibia Football Association (NFA) for paying half of her medical bills.The association will also carry some of the costs of her rehabilitation treatment.Meanwhile, a training squad of 36 players need to report for fitness trials at the Khomasdal Stadium on November 11 at 09h00.A statement from the NFA’s Women Desk said the players, chosen from all the regions, will compete for places and only 26 will be selected after the first sessions.The selected ones will return for a training camp on November 22, before the side is trimmed to 18 players before the Botswana encounter.

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