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Mahachi for Sundowns

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SOUTH African Premier Soccer League outfit Mamelodi Sundowns are close to sealing a deal for Warriors winger Kudakwashe Mahachi and will immediately loan him to Dynamos.

MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

The Bantu Rovers winger was one of the best players in the local league last season and was voted the second runner-up in the soccer stars selection while turning out for Chicken Inn with whom he won the NetOne Charity Shield.

The exciting winger was invited for trials by the South African giants in October last year and seems to have left an indelible mark during the period he was assessed by the technical department headed by former Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane.

The Chloorkop side earlier told this publication on December 22 that they had exhausted their foreign quota and would not add more foreign players in January, pouring cold water on rumours of Mahachi joining them.

“Mamelodi Sundowns has exhausted its quota for foreign players and don’t plan any new signings in January,” Sundowns senior advisor and communications and marketing manager Joe Latakgomo said then.

But asked by our sister paper NewsDay yesterday if they were negotiating a deal that would see them sign Mahachi this month and immediately loan him to Dynamos, Latakgomo confirmed the developments saying they were nearing a breakthrough.

“Sundowns can confirm the information you have — that negotiations are well advanced and he will be loaned out to Dynamos,” he said.

Dynamos also confirmed that they were still interested in the slippery winger though they were not yet aware of the latest developments at Sundowns.

“We made an offer for him last year and we failed to land him. I’m not yet aware of those latest developments. But I can confirm that if he is offered to us we will take him,” said club chairman Keni Mubaiwa.

Mahachi is currently in South Africa with the national team for the African Nations Championships that roll into life tomorrow.

The Brazilians are believed to be racing against time in concluding the deal before the player is snatched by other foreign suitors when the tournament starts.

Mahachi is hoping to join fellow Zimbabweans Khama Billiat and Cuthbert Malajila already in the books of the Chloorkop-based side.

The Brazilians are also home to former Warriors captain Peter Ndlovu who is their team manager.

Mahachi blossomed into a star when he was being coached by Peter’s late brother Adam at Chicken Inn.

If the deal materialises as is widely expected, Dynamos will have arguably the best squad in the local league having already completed the signing of former Highlanders star Masimba Mambare, former Monomotapa midfielder Ronald Chitiyo, Themba Ndlovu and Tafadzwa Rusike.

Already, they have two other returnees from South Africa in Simba Sithole and Oscar Machapa.

Dynamos are building a squad for the Orange Caf Champions League, a competition in which they have been faring dismally under head coach Kalisto Pasuwa’s tenure.

They also intend to match Highlanders’ record four championships in a row which the Bulawayo giants achieved between 1998 and 2002.

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