CHICKEN INN’S nimble-footed attacking midfielder Kudakwashe Mahachi has impressed Absa outfit Mamelodi Sundowns and is scheduled to return to the club in January to probably ink a deal with the cash-rich side.
Mahachi went for trials with the club last week on Monday and returned on Sunday to inspire Chicken Inn to a 2-0 win over FC Platinum at Luveve Stadium.
His manager Mlungisi Moyo, a member of the Chicken Inn executive committee, yesterday confirmed that Mahachi had impressed Mamelodi Sundowns although he said there had been no official communication from the South African side.
“We are just awaiting official communication from Sundowns, but they were impressed with Mahachi,” Moyo said.
Mahachi engaged in trials with Sundowns with two other foreign players, one from Ghana and the other from Nigeria, but was the only one who fielded in two friendly matches for Sundowns. He was subsequently invited to return to the club in January.
After the match against FC Platinum on Sunday, Mahachi confirmed he was returning to South Africa.
Mahachi, who was called up by Warriors gaffer Ian Gorowa for the African Nations Championship final qualifier against Zambia in August, is tied to Zifa Southern Region Division side Bantu Rovers to the end of next year and is on loan to Chicken Inn until the end of this season.
Moyo said in the event that Mahachi signed for Sundowns, Chicken Inn would also benefit from the deal.
“He is contracted to Bantu Rovers to the end of next year and on loan to us to the end of the season. Chicken Inn is the team that put him on the limelight and we will engage Methembe Ndlovu (Bantu Rovers’ owner) to see how Chicken Inn can be incorporated into the deal,” Moyo said.
Mahachi, named the 2012 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League rookie of the year, has also caught the attention of SuperSport where he attended trials in July.
If he joins Sundowns, he will link up with fellow Zimbabweans, veteran Esrom Nyandoro, Cuthbert Malajila and Khama Billiat.
Warriors and Highlanders legend Peter Ndlovu is the team manager at Sundowns.