By Ricky Zililo
BULAWAYO – Highlanders have made Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Kudakwashe Mahachi their prime target for the 2016 season.
The South African Premier League giants did not register Mahachi after exhausting all their foreign slots resulting in the player sending a “come get me” tag to the Bulawayo giants.
The ginger-haired midfielder failed to get a club in South Africa forcing him to think of returning to Bosso. He had hoped for an Ajax Cape Town loan deal, but the Urban Warriors had also exhausted their foreign slots. The club is home to the Zimbabwean duo of Milton Ncube and Thomas Chideu, both former Bosso players.
Highlanders’ chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede said the club had approached Mahachi’s team, inquiring about the player’s status.
“We enjoy good relations with Mamelodi Sundowns and as it is we’ve made contact with his handlers to establish his exact position,” said Gumede.
“Having enjoyed a good time with us when he was on loan last year, I believe that he has seen Highlanders as the best place to develop his career and we would definitely want to have him in our squad if he’s really available.”
Highlanders are aware that Mahachi could draw interest from other teams, hence the move to seal an early deal before the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season ends.
Contracts for most Highlanders’ regular players are running out in December and securing a “big” signing in Mahachi could work in Bosso’s favour as they make efforts to retain some of the players.
Among players whose deals run out at the end of the year are goalkeepers Ariel Sibanda and Njabulo Nyoni, skipper Felix Chindungwe, vice-captains Erick Mudzingwa and Mthulisi Maphosa, as well as Webster Chingodza.
Utility player Bruce Kangwa is left with another six months. Highlanders and PSL leading goal scorer Knox Mutizwa, who is reported to have attracted Swedish interest, is in his last months of his contract.
Mutizwa hit a purple patch after former coach Bongani Mafu moved him from the right wing and played him as a striker. He has scored nine goals from 10 starts.
Bosso chairman Peter Dube said the Bulawayo giants were not in good financial standing making it difficult for them to tie down top players.
“We do try to play it safe as a club when it comes to the signing of players but at the moment we don’t have the resources that some of the players will be demanding,” said Dube.
“The club is negotiating with some of the players whose contracts are running out, but at the same time we should guard against holding onto players who might not be in the coach’s plans.
“We’re just guarding against increasing the bill by engaging players that we might find difficult to release. All the decisions that we’re making as a club are being done to try and curb the debt that we have, hence the need to be careful on who we engage,” said Dube.
Source: The Chronicle