Owen Da Gama’s South African side landed in the Zimbabwean capital yesterday, and the 21 year-old Mahachi could well be the main threat to their chances of making it to the final qualifying tournament in Senegal later this year.
“The boy is really sharp. He is leading the pack in terms of fitness and he really wants to play,” said Zimbabwe coach Callisto Pasuwa, according to the website of Zimbabwe’s Herald Newspaper.
“He is not having much game time at his club and he believes this is the opportunity to prove a point.”
Mahachi made just five league starts for Sundowns last season, with eight more appearances off the bench, netting just one goal.
Zimbabwe are also reported to have been hit by injuries ahead of this game, with the Herald reporting six players ruled out for the South Africa encounter.
Da Gama, meanwhile, has not been able to call up his strongest squad, with some clubs withdrawing key players that they want for preparations for the upcoming Premier Soccer League season. But with the likes of Keagan Dolly, Kwanda Mngonyama and Siphelele Ntshangase on board, the South Africa coach should still have enoguh to take down the Young Warriors.
Kick-off is 3pm.