Cape Town – Having scored two crucial goals in successive matches,
Orlando Pirates forward Kudakwashe Mahachi, has proven to be quite the impact player, coming off the
bench and making an immediate difference to the team’s fortunes.
After a slow start to the season, the 24-year-old Zimbabwean
international has made an impressive about turn – dedicating his games to his
late mother who passed away in December 2018 after a protracted illness.
With this resurgence in form, Mahachi has put himself in a
good position to be considered in the traveling squad to his country of birth
this weekend when Orlando Pirates open their CAF Champions League group stage
run with an encounter against FC Platinum.
“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,” Mahachi said as quoted by the club’s official website.
“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,” said Mahachi.
“The team I even played 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.”
“I have been inundated with calls from back home telling me
that they are excited over the prospect of seeing Orlando Pirates play in
“They are telling me that they are 100% behind us. They have
also been enquiring about the likes of Thembinkosi Lorch, Vincent Pule and the
rest of the guys because they follow the team religiously,” concluded Mahachi.
Who is FC Platinum?
As back-to-back champions of the Zimbabwean Premier League
in 2017 and 2018, they are also the current holders of the ZPSL Castle
While they have featured only featured in the CAF Champions
League on three occasions, FC Platinum will make their group stage debut when
they take on the high-flying Buccaneers on the weekend.
FC Platinum are a football team based in Zvishavane region
in Zimbabwe. The club is fairly new in football terms having only been
established in 1995.
The club is owned by FC Platinum Holdings, founded by
platinum mining giant Mimosa Mining Company.
A lot of money has been pumped into the coffers and already
the club has seen the benefits of the financial support, with their recent
trophy success in their domestic league.
“We can’t underestimate FC Platinum, they are a quality side
with a pedigree having won the league in Zimbabwe,” Mahachi said.
“We can expect them to come hard at us. Their game is almost
similar to ours because they also enjoy playing with the ball on the ground and
“It should be an interesting game on the weekend.”
The kick-off is scheduled for 15:00 (SA time) at the
Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday, January 12.