ZIMBABWEAN winger Kudakwashe Mahachi will remain with South African football club Mamelodi Sundowns this season after failing to secure a move to French giants Monaco.
Mahachi reportedly impressed on a recent trial with Radamel Falcao’s employers, but the parties could not agree on a transfer fee, according to a well-placed source yesterday.
“The boy did well and Monaco was very impressed during his trials. However, they could not agree on terms and the transfer fee,” said the source.
Mahachi is back at Chloorkop as he seeks to impress coach Pitso Mosimane in the new Absa Premiership season. The 20-year-old signed with the Premier Soccer League champions during the January transfer window, but spent the remainder of the 2013/14 campaign on loan to Highlanders.
Mahachi is one of the only three foreigners that have been registered by Sundowns, but did not make the team that was beaten 1-0 by Ajax on Wednesday night, for their second straight defeat of the season.
Cuthbert Malajila is the other Zimbabwean player who has been registered by the wealthy club and while reports suggest that Khama Billiat is safe and would be registered once he fully recovers from his injury, but the future of returning Nyasha Mushekwi at the club is in major doubt.
According to media reports from South Africa, the Brazilians have major decisions to make in the coming few days regarding the players who will take up their last two foreign slots.
Besides Mahachi and Malajila, Senegalese tall striker Mame Niang has also been registered.
There are five foreign players in the Sundowns books up for the two remaining slots — Zambian Hichani Himoonde, Billiat, Mushekwi, Ghanaian Rashid Sumaila and Nigerian Ejike Uzoenyi.
According to KickOff website, Billiat’s future with the club is safe and will be registered very soon and the last foreign slot will most likely go to Uzoenyi, leaving the other crew including Mushekwi stranded.
There is a possibility that those who will not be registered will be loaned out to different clubs.
Sundowns have seven foreigners who have been naturalised and registered as locals after acquiring permanent residence permits.
They are former Warriors hardman Esrom Nyandoro, Kennedy Mweene (Zambia), Glenn Verbauwhede (Belgium), Alje Schut (Netherlands), Elias Pelembe (Mozambique), Anthony Laffor (Liberia) and Denis Onyango of Uganda.