Ngqwele Dube, Sports Correspondent
THE Covid-19 lockdown has stalled boxing trainer, Philip “Striker” Ndlovu from heading to the operating table.
Ndlovu is set to undergo a trans-urethral resection of the prostate (Turp) procedure after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The renowned groomer had been scheduled to be operated on in early April but the implementation of the lockdown to fight the corona virus saw his date being moved.
He said while he has gone back to the hospital several times on dates, he had been assigned for the operation he was told to return in August.
Ndlovu said he had resorted to painkillers as he struggled to sleep at night due to the pain.
“It is unfortunate hospitals are dealing with the Covid-19 crisis and they told me they handle emergencies only for the time being.
“However, I am feeling much better although the pain after immediately changing the catheter is just too much and I’m in dire need of painkillers,” he said.
The Sunday News crew found Ndlovu still in bed at 11am but insisted he was feeling better than early this year.
Ndlovu, who lives in a one room that he uses as a bedroom, kitchen and sitting room, has been depending on well-wishers said his most pressing need was the pain easing medication.
The Tshaka Youth Centre-based trainer is credited with the rise of several local boxers that include former pan African heavyweight champion, Thamsanqa Dube and former World Boxing Federation (WBF) Africa heavyweight champion, Elvis Moyo.