Former local football star Zifa Nkhoma has spoken out on the anguish of losing his sight at the age of 51.
Nkhoma starred for Zambia, Nkana, Power Dynamos and Nchanga Rangers as left back between 1986 and 2000.
He lost his sight in September 2018 after battling eye problems for some years.
Nkhoma has told Radio Icengelo News at his home in Chamboli, Kitwe that eye experts at Kitwe Teaching Hospital cannot conduct an operation because his eye-veins are weak.
“I just woke up one day in September and discovered that I couldn’t see. I bought eye drops and put in my eyes but nothing worked. I was admitted at Kitwe Eye Ward for one week. I was told that lenses cannot help me because I have low vision,” he narrated.
“I have been using a stick when walking. It is not easy to lose sight but I just put everything in God’s hands. Life has become tougher,” Nkhoma said.
The former Junior International now misses watching football.
Before losing his sight, Nkhoma was a common feature whenever Nkana, Power or Kitwe United were playing at home.
“It is heartbreaking not to watch matches. I cannot go to the stadium when I am unable to see anything. Going to watch football used to help me meet old friends and pass time,” Nkhoma said.
He remains hopeful that in future his sight might be restored.
“Well wishers especially the teams I played for should help me seek further medical attention outside the country; maybe my sight could be restored.”
Nkhoma added:”Right now I am just hoping that those white doctors who come from outside Zambia can come and help to start seeing again.”
He lives at his elder sister’s home in Chamboli, Kitwe.