HIGHLANDERS midfielder Kuda Mahachi’s French Ligue One football dream with giants Monaco inched closer after he was granted a visa and will leave for the European nation after this weekend’s Afcon match against Tanzania.
The Warriors play Tanzania in a first round, first leg match of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers on Sunday and Mahachi is part of the team that leaves for Dar es Salaam tomorrow.
The Mamelodi Sundowns star was meant to leave for France on May 12, but the trip was postponed while a number issues, which included his accommodation, were being sorted out.
Mlungisi Moyo, Mahachi’s manager, said yesterday: “He will be going after the national team match. His visa has been sorted as well as his accommodation. The delay that we had was that the embassy had requested for confirmation of his accommodation and that has been processed and surrendered to them,” he said.
Mahachi, who is on a six-month loan at former Premier Soccer League [PSL] champions Highlanders, has a five-year contract with South Africa’s Premier League champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who signed him after an impressive showing at the Chan finals early this year in South Africa.
At Sundowns, Mahachi, believed to have cost Sundowns $110 000 from Bantu Rovers, will be joining fellow Zimbabweans Cuthbert Malajila, Khama Billiat, veteran Esrom Nyandoro and team manager Peter Ndlovu.
The exciting left-footed player turned out for Chicken Inn last season and was influential in the team’s performance as he combined well with Tendai Ndoro, who is now with South Africa’s Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Since joining Highlanders, Mahachi has found the net twice in the PSL and has featured in all the team’s seven matches.
Other Zimbabwean players who have made it to the French leagues include Harlington Shereni, who turned out for FC Nantes and Guingamp, Benjani Mwaruwari, who was at Auxerre before moving to Manchester City in England, Ovidy Karuru, who turned out for US Boulogne before moving to Belgium, and Marvelous Nakamba, who is at AS Nancy.
Nakamba and Mahachi both played for Bantu Rovers.