HIGHLANDERS winger Kudakwashe Mahachi is still around and expected to play a part in Bosso’s championship bid — at least until July.
The 20-year-old who signed with the Absa champions Mamelodi Sundowns during the January transfer window and was loaned to Highlanders, was expected to have left at the weekend to join his new club for pre-season training.
He featured in the 0-1 defeat to Dynamos — their first defeat of the campaign — having been unbeaten in the last 11 matches.
Highlanders coach Kevin Kaindu confirmed the developments after Sunday’s match at the National Sports Stadium.
“Mahachi is still around at least for now. I don’t know the exact date he will be leaving, but for now he is still with us,” Kaindu said.
Mamelodi Sundowns started their pre-season training yesterday. The Brazilians are expected to spend a week at Chloorkop before jetting to Polokwane on June 30 for a mini-camp. They are planning another trip to Africa, but are yet to announce the country.
The Zimbabwean international has attracted interest in France with Monaco having invited him for trials in July. It is understood Mahachi could be leaving Highlanders in July after the World Cup in time to make the trip to France for trials.
His departure is likely to decimate Highlanders who have already lost defender Milton Ncube and midfielder Peter “Rio” Moyo to Cape Town Ajax and Mpumalanga Black Aces respectively.
Meanwhile, Highlanders forward Charles Sibanda felt they allowed an easy goal against Dynamos.
“They have always dominated these encounters, but I thought we gave away an easy goal. We should have done better, but in the second half we were in control. This is not the end though. We now need to look into the future and quickly forget about this. We are still up there and need to remain focused,” Sibanda said.