Mahachi begins to make waves

HARARE - After a slow start to his Highlanders career, Kuda Mahachi finally showed why he is a revered talent following his five-star performance against CAPS United on Sunday.

Mahachi was the centre of attraction with a wonderful display as Bosso ruthlessly walloped CAPS united 4-0 at Barbourfields Stadium to regain pole position on the Castle Premiership log.

The Mamelodi Sundowns-bound Mahachi gave both United fullbacks Tapuwa Kumbuyani and Ronald Pfumbidzayi a torrid time whenever he was in possession.

Kumbuyani was eventually substituted shortly before halftime with what looked like a hamstring tear probably due to all the running he had to do to try and catch up with Mahachi.

By the time the Green Machine were forced to make that change, Bosso were already leading 2-0 courtesy of Rahman Kutsanzira and Ozias Zibande.

Mahachi provided the assist for Zibande’s headed goal after showing his pace and trickery to beat Kumbuyani on the left before sending in a pinpoint cross at the back post.

CAPS’ resolve to try and come back into the match was quickly ended early in the second half when Mahachi got on the score sheet.

This time around he toyed and danced his way past Pfumbidzayi before squeezing his low shot between Tafadzwa Dube and the near post.

It was a goal of sublime skill by the former Bantu Rovers winger although Dube could have done better by guarding his near post.

However, all these clever darts and dribbling skills were not present in Mahachi’s game during those pre-season and early matches for the Bulawayo giants.

The hard-to-please Bosso fans gave the midfielder a lot of stick early on and one time vented their anger towards the star’s girlfriend in the stands during one game.

This forced Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu to come out and publicly defend the winger amidst all the growing frustration.

“Mahachi is a good player it’s only that people are expecting too much from him at a time when he is settling at the club,” said Kaindu.     

“This is a new environment and the whole team is still to pick up the tempo so expecting wonders from Mahachi is too much. He will get there and by the time he leaves for South Africa in July you have seen the best of him.”

The disappointing truth is that Mahachi has made more headlines due to his impending move to Chloorkop than his exploits on the pitch.

What is more disappointing is that Mahachi is only finding his groove at Bosso when his six-month loan stint is coming to an end on June 30.

There is no doubt about Mahachi’s talent - Bosso fans are only left to wonder whether if he had shown more prolific efficiency in those other matches they dropped points against Chapungu, Hwange and Chicken Inn – the Bulawayo giants could have already been running leaders at the top of the log.

The rest of the leading title contenders like Harare City, FC platinum and Dynamos are dropping points on a regular basis in these opening matches of the season.

Had Highlanders collected maximum points in those matches in those three drawn matches they could have already be enjoying a six point lead at the top of the log ahead of second-placed ZPC Kariba.

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