Hazel Nali’s Remarkable Progress in Recovery Celebrated After Physiotherapy
Copper Queens goalkeeper Hazel Nali has reached a significant milestone in her journey to recovery after successfully completing a rigorous two-and-a-half months of physiotherapy and rehabilitation in New Zealand.
Nali faced a setback with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury just weeks before the FIFA Women’s World Cup in July 2023. Opting to stay in New Zealand, she underwent surgery and committed to the challenging path of healing and physiotherapy at St. George’s Hospital in Christchurch.
In a recent statement by Charles Mucholo, the first Secretary of Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission to Australia and New Zealand, it was revealed that both Surgeon Mr. Andrew Vincent and Physiotherapist Ms. Emma Beattie expressed their satisfaction with Nali’s recovery. They noted the restoration of basic range of movement and strength measures in her left knee.
The successful completion of this phase of rehabilitation is a testament to Nali’s determination and the effectiveness of the medical care she received. The next stage of her recovery will involve strengthening and conditioning, expected to span three to four months. This phase will be overseen by a suitable therapist in Zambia, marking a step closer to Nali’s return home.
Despite the challenges she faced, Nali remains optimistic and has expressed gratitude to the Zambian Government for covering her medical bills, the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) for their unwavering support, and the New Zealand community for the love and care she received during her stay.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand, Dr. Elias Munshya, reiterated the government’s commitment to the well-being of its citizens, highlighting the collaborative effort to ensure Nali’s successful rehabilitation. The positive developments in her recovery are not only a personal victory for Nali but also a source of inspiration for fans and supporters eagerly awaiting her return to the field.