WARRIORS sensation Kudakwashe Mahachi started training with Highlanders at White City Stadium yesterday ending speculation on which club he will be playing for before he leaves for South African Mamelodi Sundowns in June.
Mahachi, who was last year on loan with Chicken Inn, signed with Sundowns after the African Nations Championships (Chan) in South Africa and he is set to join the Brazilians in June, but will have to play for a local club on loan for the few months before he makes his move.
The ginger-haired dribbling wizard completed his move to Sundowns from Zifa Southern Region Division One side Bantu Rovers, who have said they will not comment on the player as he now belongs to the South African side.
His manager Mlungisi Moyo yesterday said they have not received any official communication from Sundowns on which club they are loaning him to and he had only heard yesterday that Mahachi was training with Bosso.
“What I can confirm is that he has signed for Sundowns and we are still working on his loan. But I heard that he trained with Highlanders this morning (yesterday),” he said.
“Chicken Inn have also been in negotiations, but we have not received any communication from Sundowns. If he is training with Highlanders it means that it’s his team of preference. Once we receive formal communication from Sundowns, we will let you know.”
Highlanders chairman Peter Dube confirmed that the player trained with the team saying negotiations for his services were underway.
“There are negotiations and arrangements that are taking place for the player. Hopefully they will materialise. However, we would rather you speak to the people that are helping us with the negotiations,” he said.
Head coach Kelvin Kaindu also confirmed that Mahachi trained with Bosso yesterday morning, but said the matter was administrative.
Southern Eye Sport yesterday tried in vain to get a comment from Sundowns communications co-ordinator Thulani Thuswa, who was said to be in a meeting and requested that all questions directed to him be sent via e-mail.
He had not replied to the questions sent to him at the time of going to print.
It is also understood that legendary Warriors striker Peter Ndlovu, now the team manager at Sundowns, played a huge part in getting the player to Highlanders.
Zambian striker Mathews Macha, who is on the books of Zanaco — Bosso coach Kelvin Kaindu’s former team — is also having trials at Highlanders.