DYNAMOS goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva is staying put at Dynamos until he finds a club which guarantees him game time. BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
Mukuruva, who is also the Warriors goalkeeper, has reportedly attracted interest from a number of foreign clubs.
He has recently been on trials with South African Premiership club Maritzburg United where he was assessed for a week.
But nothing has materialised yet, with reports suggesting Mukuruva’s handlers were not rushing to seal a deal before a commitment from the club to guarantee him game time.
Gibson Mahachi, who manages the player, says the goalkeeper was not desperate to make a move, adding that what was important was for him to get game time.
“There is nothing yet on Mukuruva for now. What is important is for him to get game time. So if a club wants him, it has to guarantee him game time. He will stay at Dynamos for now until there is that game time guarantee from any club that wants him. Remember, there is also the African Cup of Nations finals coming, so he will still be at Dynamos for now,” he said.
Should Maritzburg guarantee him game time, he will link up with teammate Evans Rusike, who is one of their top strikers.
Another Warriors player, Cuthbert Malajila, also played for Maritzburg before he went on to join Mamelodi Sundowns.
But reports suggest that the Dynamos shot stopper has attracted interest from some European clubs.
Mukuruva has been in top form for club and country and was one of the heroes of the 2017 African Cup of Nations campaign that qualified for the biennial soccer showcase, which finals will be held in Gabon, with a game to spare, after beating Malawi 3-nil to top Group L with 11 points, thus rendering their final group game away to Guinea in September a dead rubber.
Meanwhile, reports from South Africa suggest that Warriors winger Kudakwashe Mahachi has been recalled by Mamelodi Sundowns.
Mahachi was initially released as a free agent during the middle of last season in order to sign for Golden Arrows, but his form in the latter stages of the campaign for club and country gave the Brazilians reason to reconsider their stance on the player.
Sundowns general manager Sizwe Nzimande admits the club made a mistake by letting the 22-year-old go, but quickly rectified it after negotiations with Abafana Bes’thende, citing the progression of Keagan Dolly as another example.
“Kuda has been bought back by Sundowns. He was declared a free agent and went to Golden Arrows. We sat with Arrows and were able to bring him back on our books,” Nzimande told the South African media.
“A great way of learning for Sundowns was through Keagan Dolly. He was from our academy and we let him go to join Ajax Cape Town.”
Since arriving in the Premiership in 2014 from Highlanders, Mahachi has scored four goals and registered nine assists in 34 league outings.