Kudakwashe Mahachi subject to plenty of interest, Mamelodi Sundowns weighing up their options

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Mystery has long surrounded how Mahachi moved to Golden Arrows last season outside the transfer window and Sundowns now insist they have since acquired him back from Abafana Bes’thende though the likelihood is that he will be moved out yet again due to foreign quota challenges at the club.

Sundowns chief executive Sizwe Nzimande attempted to clarify the situation by offering some insight into how the deal transpired.

“Kuda has been bought back by Sundowns and so he is back on our books,” Sizwe Nzimande tells snl24.com/kickoff.

“He was declared a free agent and then went to Golden Arrows.
We then sat with Golden Arrows, who we have a great relationship with, and were able to bring him back into our books so he is back with us and we are engaging with Kuda.

"The beauty about Sundowns is that we make sure that what we do is done in a way that not just works for us but works for the player as well.

"A great lesson for Mamelodi Sundowns was Keagan Dolly who came from our academy, we let him go and then he went off to Ajax Cape Town, he developed, groomed himself and he became the player that we saw when he came back to Sundowns but then we had to buy him back."

Nzimande went on to underline that the Brazilians would prefer to avoid situations like that in the future and therefore are mindful of allowing talented players the chance to grow.

“Players like Kuda for us are great players for the future as he is still a bit young. He is 22 at the moment but being that young he is still a great player so we felt let us get him back and look at a scenario where he can go out and develop himself somewhere else and then once he is ready, maybe after a year, two or three he can then come back," he said.

"So it is a discussion with him and I have had a couple of meetings with him, I met with him on Sunday and we had a discussion which we will see where it takes us."

It is well known that Kaizer Chiefs are amongst the list of clubs keen on Mahachi but Nzimande preferred to withhold such information whilst they are still making a decision regarding the player's future.

“Yes we have been approached. They say there is honour amongst thieves and when you are approached it is important that you keep the approach to yourself out of respect for the other side.

"But we have had three clubs that have approached us who are all interested in his services. We would be willing to let him go but that is a decision that will ultimately come from the technical team as they are the ones who assess the player and say this one is ready or not ready.

"They may feel he must stay, they may feel he must go out on loan again but once they give us the direction we will then look at that and act in accordance to what is best for the club,” he adds.

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