Zimbabwe star Kudakwashe Mahachi spoke to the media ahead of Thursday’s Premier League showdown against Nsoatreman FC at home.
The forward made his Ghana Premier League bow in the 2-0 win over Legon Cities last weekend and is available for selection against the visitors at the Akoon Community Park.
After playing in the South African PSL, you made the switch to Ghana to feature in the domestic top-flight, how do you compare the two?
Ghana Premier League is so physical than in South Africa but I’m happy to come and play in Ghana so that I can gain another experience and also bring the experience that I have to the team.
You made your debut against Legon Cities, how was or is the feeling like?
First, I would like to thank the coaches for believing in me. It’s been a tough time for me. When I came here, my fitness was low! everything was down! And I started talking to the coaches who kept encouraging me to keep pushing. So, for now I’m picking up and I am happy I got 10 minutes last weekend.
How are you coping with language barrier within the group?
For me, I am happy because the Ghanaian people are so nice and so loving. So, my teammates have been teaching me how to speak Twi (laughs) and so I’m happy and learning gradually.
Can you say one or two words in Twi?
(laughs and giggles) and says Eti sen? Which translate ‘How are you?
There has been widespread expectation ever since news broke of your arrival. Circumstances have delayed a lot of things. But what is your personal expectation for the team?
For me, I don’t want to put myself under pressure. I’m playing for a big team. I’m playing for the champions. It’s up to me to work hard so that coaches will see that I’m ready. The team is doing well as you can see. Tomorrow we play a big game so that we catch up at the top. I don’t put myself under pressure. I take each day as it comes! I am returning from an injury. I know expectations of me are high but for me I don’t have any pressure.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game against Nsoatreman FC, how ready are you on a scale of 1-10?
No! No! I am still hovering around 6-7 out of 10. I am not there yet. Just like coach said, my fitness was low but I’m training everyday so I would like to thank the coaches for pushing me, given me the opportunity to work for the side.
Is there any pressure on you?
Just like I’ve said, as a foreigner, you need to deliver so I am not putting myself under pressure. I believe my team can do anything we want to do because we’re winning games. Our mentality is to maintain our league title. I respect my teammates, I respect my coaches, I respect everyone in Medeama so if the coaches decide to put me on the bench, there is nothing that I can say!