HIGH-FLYING How Mine gunman Kuda Musharu left for South Africa on Monday morning for trials with Durban-based Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side AmaZulu.
Musharu will, however, be back on time for the first Bulawayo Castle Lager PSL derby against Bantu Rovers at Luveve Stadium at the weekend.
How Mine vice-chairman Alpha Matumbura yesterday confirmed that AmaZulu had shown interest in Musharu who made waves in the Orange Caf Confederation Cup although the gold miners bowed out of the tournament in the second round after they fell 2-3 on goal aggregate to Bayelsa United FC of Nigeria.
“He (Musharu) was invited for assessment by AmaZulu. He left yesterday (Monday) morning and should have arrived in Durban at 7pm. We are yet to get communication from him, but he will be back for the game against Bantu Rovers. He will be back on Friday,” Matumbura said.
Musharu left Bulawayo soon after How Mine lost 0-1 in their first league match to Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium (BF). The former Motor Action and Monomotapa forward joined How Mine at the beginning of the year after he was registered for the Confederation Cup and made a name for himself in the continental showcase with six goals.
Despite How Mine exiting the tournament in the second round after enduring criminal behaviour by Nigerians where they lost 0-2 to Bayelsa on March 29 in the second leg after winning the first leg 2-1 at Barbourfields Stadium a week earlier, Musharu had scored six goals in the tournament.
The lanky forward scored a brace in the preliminary round first leg when How Mine thrashed Chuoni FC of Zanzibar 4-0 at BF on February 8.
He scored a goal in the second leg when they beat Chuoni FC 2-1 in Zanzibar on February 15 to progress to the first round of the tournament.
His scoring prowess was not to stop there as Musharu notched another brace in the first round first leg against St Michel United FC of the Seychelles whom they clobbered 5-1 on March 1 at BF.
On March 8, when St Michel seemed headed for a surprise comeback in the second leg at home, leading 3-0 in the first half and needing a goal to secure a draw, Musharu rose to score the priceless away goal in the second half that ensured them of a second round berth.
He was, however, tightly monitored by Bayelsa captain Salomon Junior in the second round. Sources close to How Mine yesterday said Usuthu’s technical department headed by Craig Roslee, who is assisted by Zimbabwean Wilfred Mugeyi, had been checking on Musharu in the Confederation Cup and are hoping to sign him in Safa’s next transfer window in June if he impresses.
If he joins Usuthu, Musharu will be the second How Mine player to join the Absa PSL following Simba Sithole who moved to Ajax Cape Town after impressing the South African side in the African Nations Championships (Chan) tournament in South Africa.
Musharu could probably be joining fellow Zimbabweans — goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini and defender Carlington Nyadombo at AmaZulu. Usuthu have also been home to Ramson Zhuwawo and Mkhokheli Dube.