IT’S A GOLDEN CHANCE: MAHACHI
30 December 2016
GOLDEN ARROWS winger Kuda Mahachi thinks Zimbabwe need to grab the AFCON 2017 Finals as an opportunity to make scouts take notice of talent in Zimbabwe.
The Kalisto Pasuwa coached side has very few players plying their trade in Europe like Costa Nhamoinesu, Knowledge Musona, Mathew Rusike and Marvelous Nakamba as compared to their Group B opponents Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia.
Half a dozen of players in the AFCON squad are also based in South Africa including Danny Phiri, Willard Katsande, Evans Rusike, Tendai Ndoro and Khama Billiat among others.
The former Highlanders and Chicken Inn player said the fact that Zimbabwe has not had players in the best leagues in the world is not for lack of talent.
“Zimbabwe has at least four players with potential to be world class players. Even those in Europe can be elevated to play for bigger and better leagues. Because of our ranking, we are likely to be overlooked. We are underdogs, that the truth. But that gives us a chance to play without pressure. In as much as they don’t expect much from us, we need to prove them wrong,” he said.
“The performance of our national team and other factors will determine where scouts look out for recruits for European leagues. We have great talent and I don’t doubt it. Such an opportunity doesn’t only put our country on the map but the opportunity also comes down to players.
“Zimbabwe is the only Southern African country to qualify for the AFCON 2017 and that alone presents a chance to shine.”
Algeria and Senegal have expensive players whilst the strength and history of Tunisia cannot be ignored.
Algeria has the reigning African Footballer of the Year, Riyad Mahrez and another member of the Leicester team, Islam Slimani.
Senegal too has many stars in the English Premiership.
“A lot has been said or written about the expensive players in the Algerian and Senegalese teams. That must not take away our concentration. A lot has been said about the strength and history of Tunisia but we have our own history to make and it’s up to us.”