Kudakwashe Mahachi, has proven to be quite the impact player having scored two crucial goals in successive matches coming off the bench and making an immediate difference to the team’s fortunes.
After a slow start to the season, the 24-year-old Zimbabwean international has made an impressive about turn – dedicating his games to his late mother who passed away in December 2018 after a protracted illness.
With this resurgence in form, Mahachi has put himself in a good position to be considered in the traveling squad to his country of birth this weekend when Orlando Pirates open their CAF Champions League group stage run with an encounter against FC Platinum. The kickoff is scheduled for 15h00 at the Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday, 12 January 2019.
“Should I be considered to travel with the team to Zimbabwe, I will certainly be emotional because I’ll be going back home to a place where I grew up. Everybody in Bulawayo supports Orlando Pirates. We grew up watching the team and supporting players like Teko Modise and Joseph Kamwendo, who were an inspiration to watch,” said Mahachi.
“The team I even played while I was based there, Highlanders FC, modelled themselves around Orlando Pirates. They even adopted the Club’s iconic crossbones salute before the start of their matches.”
“I have been inundated with calls from back home telling me that they are excited over the prospect of seeing Orlando Pirates play in Bulawayo. They are telling me that they are 100% behind us. They have also been enquiring about the likes of Thembinkosi Lorch, Vincent Pule and the rest of the guys because they follow the team religiously,” concluded Mahachi.