Cape Town - Kudakwashe Mahachi has admitted that the
mentality at Orlando Pirates is of a different class to that of his former
club, Golden Arrows.
Mahachi is one of nine new players at
Pirates following an off-season spending spree. He was acquired from Abafana
Bes'thende, with whom he spent three years, including one on loan from Mamelodi
The Buccaneers have given the 24-year-old
attacking midfielder another shot at proving himself at a big club, but by his
own admission, adapting to the Pirates way of life is no small task.
"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," the Zimbabwean told the club's official
"We train differently, we prepare differently,
and the overall level of professionalism is amazing. Not only do we analyse the
opponent, which is the norm, but we also have to analyse ourselves from a group
perspective and at an individual level."
Mahachi admitted that he is, by nature, a
shy character. However, he credited his new team-mates for helping him settle
"It helps having my Zimbabwean homeboy
Marshall Munetsi, and people like Thembinkosi Lorch who I enjoy speaking to.
The process has also been made simple by the fact that I know most of the
players here," he revealed.
Mahachi also credited Mpho Makola and Happy
Jele for passing on their valuable experience to him.
"Mpho Makola was concerned that I may
be scared to play my natural game, so he encouraged me to express myself and
enjoy playing my football because from what he has seen, that's where I'm at my
best," he added.
"Happy Jele has also spoken to me
about the supporters. They are very demanding, but also very knowledgeable and
understanding if you're doing the right things and giving your best."