Jairos Tapera

MANICA Diamonds coach Jairos Tapera played a big role in Kuda Mahachi’s decision to join the club instead of Dynamos.

Mahachi was a free agent after his contract was terminated at Ghanaian top-flight side, Madeama SC.

The winger was linked with a move to join DeMbare before he was signed and unveiled by Manica Diamonds.

Club administrator, Owen Sango, revealed that Mahachi’s relationship with Tapera was crucial for the two sides to pen a deal.

The club sees Mahachi as a player who can improve the depth of their squad while at the same time allowing him to revive his career.

“We looked at Kuda and we have known him as a good player all this time. 

“The challenges he faced were outside football and that affected his playing career and it’s not that he was not good enough to continue playing football.

“So, as a club, we saw it fit to give him a platform to revive his career at the same time he can help the team attain its goals.

“Several clubs were after his signature but his old relationship with coach Tapera from the Under-20 national team helped us bring him home.

“Also, he was in a position where he didn’t want to be in Harare or Bulawayo where he would be subjected to too much pressure. 

“Being with us was the perfect move for him as it would make life easier for him to revive his career.”

Sango added:

“We have assembled a good team that we believe can compete and deliver the championship for us.

“The fact that we finished second last season lifts the bar of expectations high and we can’t afford to punch below our weight.

“We are expecting Sakubva to be inspected tomorrow (today) by the FIB and we hope that all will go well.”

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