Exclusive: ‘Abandoned’ Gor Mahia Forward Pleads for Help for Crucial Surgery

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Gor Mahia forward Curtis Wekesa is seeking funds from well-wishers to enable him to undergo surgery after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament.

The speedy winger joined Gor Mahia in July from Nairobi Stima but is yet to train with the side owing to the injury that’s expected to sideline him for a lengthy period after he undergoes surgery. ACL takes between six to nine months to heal but can take longer depending on the player’s response to rehab.

Wekesa picked what looked like a minor injury during a league match against Shabana in May but an MRI scan on Wednesday delivered a devastating blow to the Kenya U23 national team player.

It was confirmed that he had torn his entire ACL and will have to undergo corrective surgery.

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“I picked a slight injury against Shabana and initially I thought it was a slight muscle problem that would heal within a short time. When the pain subsided I went back to training but I couldn’t train because of pain. Yesterday I went to the hospital and after scans, it was confirmed that my entire ACL is torn and I require surgery,” he told Opera News.

The challenge is that his current club is not keen on paying his medical bill as he picked the injury while at Stima and he will now have to foot the bill on his own.

The bill is approximately Ksh. 450,000 and his National Hospital Insurance Fund card will cater up to Ksh. 300,000 leaving him with a deficit of Ksh. 150,000 which his friends and fellow players are trying to raise to enable him to go under the knife on Monday 9 September at a Nairobi hospital.

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“Gor say they cannot treat me because I picked the injury at Nairobi Stima and now I have to raise the money on my own. My NHIF card will pay around 300,000 and so I still need 150,000. I am appealing to Well-wishers and friends to come to my aid because I cannot do it on my own. They can reach me or send contributions through +254715251994,” he added.

Wekesa moved to Stima in November 2018 from Sony Sugar FC. His wonderful season with the Power-Men saw him earn a call up to Kenya u23 team. He also became one of the most sought-after players with Wazito, AFC Leopards, Bandari, KCB, Tusker and Kariobangi Sharks all trailing him. He however opted to join the Kenyan Premier League champions.

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