Kudakwashe Mahachi explains transition from Golden Arrows to Orlando Pirates
Posted: 17 July 2018 Time: 21:00
Orlando Pirates' new signing Kudakwashe Mahachi has outlined the major differences between being at the Buccaneers and coming from a club like Golden Arrows.
Mahachi finally completed his switch to Pirates after signing a pre-contract in January, while in the last six months of his stay at Arrows.
The Zimbabwean international ended a three-year relationship with the Durban-based outfit, whom he initially joined on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns in 2015 before making his move permanent after one season.
He has since been in camp with The Bucs since the start of their pre-season preparations four weeks ago, allowing him to settle into his new environment.
The 24-year-old feels representing the Rand Stadium-based outfit is the "pinnacle" of his career, and has thanked the club for the opportunity.
“Firstly, I would like to thank the chairman [Irvin Khoza] and the coaches for giving me an opportunity to come and play for this big team," Mahachi told Pirates' website.
"It is definitely a dream come true for me because I feel that playing for this Soweto giant is the pinnacle for any footballer.”
Having now been exposed to the setup at the club, the former Highlanders and Chicken Inn winger has explained the differences he has had to adjust to.
"It is a huge transition coming from a small team to a big team and it takes a bit of time to understand because there is a huge difference in approach," he outlined.
"We train differently, we prepare differently and the overall level of professionalism is amazing. Not only do we analyse the opponents, which is the norm, but we also have to analyse ourselves from a group perspective and at an individual level.
“We have a big technical team and each of them play a part in improving us as players. We have coaches, analysts, sport scientists, physiotherapists, doctors and our support staff ...
"All are dedicated and focused on improving us as players and giving us everything we need to succeed. It’s definitely a new environment for me but I think I’m getting used to it.”