FORMER Highlanders and Warriors attacking midfielder Kudakwashe Mahachi scored his first goal in a debut for Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions Mamelodi Sundowns as they edged Moroka Swallows 2-0 at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday evening.
Mahachi rose from the bench in the 73rd minute to replace Themba Zwane and notched his first Absa PSL goal 10 minutes later in a build-up that involved Teko Modise who squared the ball to Elias Pelembe, who in turn spotted the Warriors man, who made no mistake firing past the Birds’ Nigerian goalkeeper Greg Etafia from close range with a left-footer.
Senegalese Mame Niang had scored the first goal for the Brazilians.
Mahachi paid tribute to coach Pitso Mosimane, telling media in South Africa that all he had to do was stay focused.
“I would like to thank my coach for affording me an opportunity to play and I won’t allow the goal to go into my head as it will make me big-headed. All I have to do is stay focused and keep working hard and never relax.
“I have no personal targets, but all I want is to work hard and help my team do well,” Mahachi said.
Meanwhile, reports from South Africa state that Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said Warriors striker Kingstone Nkhatha will be fined by the club for simulation following Amakhosi’s 1-0 win against Bloemfontein Celtic at FNB Stadium on Tuesday.
Baxter was not amused at Nkhatha’s behavior after he preferred to fall inside the penalty area after he was sent through in the second half pleading for a penalty.
“Very often people throw themselves (trying to earn a free-kick). I don’t like Kingston throwing himself. He’ll get fined for that.
“He’ll be fined for throwing himself because he should have got a yellow card. The referee has got to give him a yellow card.
I’ll fine him and I’ll try and teach him, but the referee gives him a yellow card and that teaches him not to do it,” Baxter added.