By Wellington Toni
KUDAKWASHE Mahachi-starved of action at South Africa giants Orlando
Pirates-finally got a piece of action as the Bucs beat Polokwane City
2-1 on Tuesday night at the Peter Mokaba Stadium to move to the summit
of the Absa Premiership.
Though for a mere seven minutes as he came in for Justin Shonga in the
83rd minute, Mahachi would be pleased at this appearance as it could
mark the beginning of regular game time.
His absence from the Bucs line-up in the last month cost him a place
in the Warriors line up after having played in the 2-1 away win over
the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa on October 10.
He subsequently missed the away tie to Congo which ended 1-1 in
Brazzaville and has not been called up for this month’s match against
Liberia in Monrovia.
Tuesday night’s match also saw the return of Warriors number one
George Chigova to action after missing out in the last three weeks due
to a knee injury.
Chigova pulled a hamstring in a league match against SuperSport
United, but made the trip to the DRC, playing the full match, though
he lasted just 27 minutes in the return leg to be replacedby Edmore
Although, Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa had called him up for
Liberia, he knew he was struggling with injury but Tuesday’s return
would be sweet news for the veteran gaffer.
Former FC Platinum striker Walter Musona, though not in the Warriors’
set-up, played 19 minutes as a substitute for City.
But there is no such worries for midfield general Marshall Munetsi,
who turned up another fine performance in the heart of the Bucs
midfield and while he has not been a regular for the Warriors, he is
certainly knocking on the door.
Brazilian defender Caio Marcelo got the breakthrough for Pirates a
minute before the hour with a header at close range following a
Shonga eventually made it 2-0 for Bucs in the 66th minute with a
free-kick from the edge of the box that sneaked in off goalkeeper
Ayanda Nkili got a goal back for the hosts in the last minute of
regulation time with a powerful header that came off the underside of
the crossbar and just crossed the line, but that proved to be nothing
more than a consolation as Pirates held on for the win.