MAMELODI Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane can’t wait to see Zimbabwe international Kuda Mahachi at his club today when he arrives from a 10-day trial at French giants AS Monaco.
Mahachi, signed on a five-year deal from his parent team Bantu Rovers last year, was loaned to Highlanders for the first 13 games of the season before jetting off to France for trials. He scored twice during that period.
His last goal was on Saturday against amateur side FC St-Veit in Klagenfurt in Austria where they romped to a 12-0 victory.
Mahachi scored the sixth goal, much to the delight of coach Mosimane when told of the news at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane where he was watching the Zvishavane derby between FC Platinum and Shabanie Mine.
Mosimane and his team arrived in Bulawayo on Thursday and played Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium whom they beat 1-0. On Saturday, he took the trip to Mandava in the company of Bulawayo businessman and FC Platinum benefactor Worthwhile Mugabe.
Today, Sundowns will play Caps United behind closed doors before meeting Dynamos tomorrow ahead of their departure to take part in the Gauteng Cup over the weekend.
“I am excited. I am eager to see him. I can’t wait. He is coming for real competition for a place at Sundowns and let’s see what he is made of. Remember he will be competing against Khama Billiat and Mukuka Mulenga (Zambian international) and it will be hot, I tell you.
“Remember we signed him (Kuda) even before he went for Chan after he came for trials and he really proved it during the Chan finals. He is one for the future and he is doing very well. Even at Highlanders where he has been playing, he has been doing very well,” Mosimane said.
Asked on whether they would loan him back to Highlanders, he said: “He is our player. We did not have space for another foreigner when we signed him that is why we loaned him out, but he is our player and I can’t wait to see him.”
Sundowns are expected to get a full report from Monaco on Mahachi’s trials which will then determine his future, although indications from South Africa yesterday were that a deal was imminent for the talented midfielder.
Sundowns is home to veteran midfielder Esrom Nyandoro and Cuthbert Malajila, Warriors and Highlanders legend Peter Ndlovu is the team manager.
According to Mahachi’s agent Godwin Emmanuel, his client earned praise from the Colombian superstar who watched the match from the sidelines as he continues his recovery from injury.
“He (falcao) told Kuda that with his talent he belongs at Monaco,” Emmanuel is quoted as saying in the Downs’ official website.