ZIMBABWE winger and former Chicken Inn and Highlanders player Kudakwashe Mahachi will remain with Mamelodi Sundowns this season after French giants Monaco told his South African side that he was good but too expensive for them.
Mahachi impressed on a recent trial with Radamel Falcao’s employers but the clubs could not agree on a transfer fee, kickoff.com reported.
It is claimed that Sundown’s valuation of the player was not what Monaco expected for a player they believe still needed to be polished to become complete player.
“The boy did well and Monaco was very impressed during his trials. However, both teams could not agree on terms regarding the transfer fee,” says the source.
Mahachi is back at Chloorkop in South Africa as he seeks to win the favour of Coach Pitso Mosimane.
He has been handed jersey number 43 and was on the bench on Wednesday night as Sundowns lost 1-0 to Ajax Cape Town.
The 20-year-old signed with the Absa PSL champions during the January transfer window, but spent the first half of the Castle Lager Premier League on loan at Highlanders back home.
While Mahachi has secured his future at Mamelodi Sundowns, his Zimbabwean compatriot Nyasha Mushekwi faces an uncertain future at the defending champions as only two spots reserved for foreign players are left.
Sundowns have already registered three foreign players — the Zimbabwean duo of Cuthbert Malajila and Mahachi along with Senegalese striker Mame Niang — and must now add another two to fill up their foreign quota.
Of the two remaining foreign spots one is believed to be earmarked for Khama Billiat and new Nigerian signing Ejike Uzoenyi. Sundowns have foreign five players waiting for those two spots — Billiat, Uzoenyi, Zambian defender Hichani Himoonde, Ghana defender Rashid Sumaila and Mushekwi.
According to reports from South Africa, Billiat’s place is secure and he will be registered once he recovers from the foot injury that has been troubling him, while the last foreign spot will most likely be taken by Uzoenyi.
There is still a possibility that Sumaila could leave following interest in his services from teams in Europe, but that is not cast in stone as yet.
Himoonde is likely to be loaned out but just like Mukuka Mulenga and Emmanuel Mathias — who have gone out to ZESCO United and Bloemfontein Celtic respectively — it remains unclear what will then happen with Mushekwi as he will not be eligible to be registered.
Last season Mushekwi was loaned out to Belgian side KV Oostende.
Mushekwi faces a possible exit from the club if he doesn’t recover in time from a knee injury.
The Zimbabwe international suffered the injury during his time with KV Oostende and since then he has struggled to shake it off.
“He (Mushekwi) spent the last two weeks with our physiotherapist in order to get fit and start pre-season with the team. He’s still far from training with the first team and he could be excused if he doesn’t recover in time because the season is starting in four weeks’ time.
“If he’s kept then it’s highly unlikely that he will be registered with the PSL to play for next season as you know we have a lot of international players that can be registered in his place,” added the source.
Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter confirmed that striker Knowledge Musona is on his way back to the Absa PSL to rejoining the Naturena side.
The 24-year-old marksman’s future has been the subject of speculation since he left for Germany at the end of June, with AmaKhosi making it clear that they want to keep him.
Now, the AmaKhosi boss has come out in public to reveal that Musona is indeed returning to South Africa for at least another season.
“We think everything is clear, Knowledge is on his way back. He will give us a few more options, another dimension,” Baxter said after their 2-1 win over Black Aces on Wednesday night. — Sports Reporter/Online