By Wellington Toni
ORLANDO Pirates coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic believes Zimbabwe
international Kuda Mahachi can do better after the attacking
midfielder came off the bench to score twice in the last two league
matches in the Absa Premiership.
He has not had the best of times since arriving from Golden Arrows,
but Micho believes the former Highlanders star has enough arsenal to
make a difference and work his way back into the Zimbabwe senior
Mahachi lost his place in the Warriors set up due to inactivity and
with just one Total Afcon qualifier against Congo left in March, he
has the potential to force himself back in.
Mahachi is expected in Bulawayo with the rest of the Pirates team for
Saturday’s Champions League clash against FC Platinum at Barbourfields
Says Micho: “He has worked very hard, brought himself from suspicious
Kuda to real Kuda. Real Kuda in the last two matches, two times 15
minutes and two goals scored, showing signs that he is the player that
could make the difference.”
The Serbian tactician believes more is still to come from Mahachi.
“This is exactly the area where I spoke about widening the pool of
players where whoever we are putting we’re still keeping the (same)
level of performance. There are extremely positive signs in his
performance and I want him to go and inject more because he is far
from his best,” added the coach after the Chippa vicotyr on Tuesday
Sredojevic wants to see Mahachi reclaiming his position in the Warriors set up.
“We want him to give the best to Pirates because we know what he is
capable of. He is far from his best yet. We want him to go back to his
national team and to play in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in
2019,” concluded the Pirates head coach.
And speaking on his own improved performance, the ginger haired
attacker, has mixed feelings if he makes the trip to Bulawayo.
“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,” Mahachi told
Pirates’ official website.
“The team I played (for) 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,”
added the winger.’