‘Mukamba can still rise’

DENVER Mukamba’s handler Gibson Mahachi believes the Bidvest Wits midfielder can still rise and realise his potential after having been sidelined for five months due to injury.

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The former Dynamos midfielder has endured a long time on the sidelines under Gavin Hunt, although he is believed to be a highly-rated prospect for the future of the club.

Mukamba, who won the Castle Lager Footballer of the Year in Zimbabwe before crossing the Limpopo river to join  Bidvest Wits in 2013, had been tipped to repeat the same feat under Hunt who also joined  from Supersport United- taking over from Clive Barker who failed to give the Zimbabwean enough game time during his stint as coach.

But Mukamba, who has played just a few games for the South African Premiership side under Hunt before being sidelined owing to a hamstring injury has now recovered and is working his way into the team.

Mahachi believes the Zimbabwean international remains a highly rated player at Bidvest Wits and that he can still rise to the same lofty heights he had reached while playing back home for Dynamos.

He said Mukamba’s rise to stardom had been held back by injury.

“Definitely Mukamba will rise to the same level he had reached while playing for Dynamos. He has been playing well, but has been injured for the past five months. He sustained a hamstring injury and has been slowly recovering. Now he is fit and has been in the team in the last three games. He still has a contract with Bidvest Wits and will remain with the team until the expiry of his contract,” said Mahachi.

Mukamba was on the bench in the last three games- the 2-1 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces, the 1-0 victory over Golden Arrows and also in the 2-0 win over AmaBEE in a cup game.

Four other Zimbabweans- Onismor Bhasera, Benjani Mwaruwari, Thomas Sweswe and Tinashe Nengomasha are also on the books of Wits.

However, Nengomasha has not been playing regularly having been in the team in early February while Sweswe is yet to feature for the club this season.

Bhasera and Mwaruwari are, however, getting game time under the coach whose team is gunning for the championship.

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