Star status weighs down Mahachi

HARARE - Zimbabwe Under-23 winger Kuda Mahachi must be feeling like Argentine star Lionel Messi at the moment after his disappointing performance against South Africa on Sunday at Rufaro Stadium.

Argentina fans are not entirely happy with Messi when he is playing for the Albiceleste and last month’s 2015 Copa America tournament in Chile made the situation worse.

The Barcelona star was brilliant in some matches in Chile as Argentina reached the final of the tournament.

However, just like in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, Argentina and Messi failed to live up to expectations as they lost 4-1 to Chile on penalties.

The Albiceleste fans are now frustrated with the four-time World Footballer of the Year as he has not been able to lead his nation to glory.

Like Messi, last Sunday was supposed to be Mahachi’s big stage to show the Zimbabweans and the South Africans he is indeed the real deal.

The 21-year-old has endured a torrid time at Mamelodi Sundowns where he only made three starts and eight substitute appearances for Pisto Mosimane’s side.

He only scored one league goal when he netted in the Brazilians’ 2-0 win over Moroka Swallows last August.

After his much hyped move from Chicken Inn to the Tshwane giants, a lot was expected from the former Bantu Rovers product.

At one time, Mahachi was linked with a possible move to Ligue 1 side Monaco where he spent a week-long trial in 2014.

All week long, the nation had been banking on Mahachi to lead the Young Warriors to a comfortable victory over the South Africans.

However, it seems the burden of carrying the team on his back proved to be too big for Mahachi.

The Sundowns winger, who started out on the left side of attack tried all tricks and dribbles but found South Africa full back Zitha Macheke unyielding.

Even a change of flank to the right provided no joy for Mahachi as the visitors left back Siyabonga Zulu was equally capable of restricting his moves.

Mahachi also seemed to try too much as he attempted to beat at least three or four players at a single go.

Instead of playing his normal game of using the width of the pitch to get to the by line at pace before crossing into the box, Mahachi opted to dribble past opponents.

The South Africans seemingly had a worked out plan to shackle the Sundowns winger and to their credit it worked to perfection as his threat was nullified.

In the end, Zimbabwe coach Calisto Pasuwa had to replace the winger in the 69th minute with Dynamos’ midfielder Carlos Rusere as the Young Warriors searched for an equaliser.  

As for the second leg, Mahachi needs to keep it simple and not try to place himself under unnecessary pressure and play the basics that caught the eye of Mosimane when he signed him at the Brazillians last year.

Comments (3)

even e greatest players may never be in form full tym . They are also human . Even you the supporters and editor are you consistent in those areas you think or claim you are talented in

Bousquets . S - 22 July 2015

There is no comparison with Messi here. Mahachi does not command a regular place at Sundowns.

Tawanda - 22 July 2015

How can he be "a former Bantu Rovers product." A product of someone remains so forever isn't it. Can you be a former product of your mother.

Taps - 28 July 2015

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