Dream start for Hachiro Richard Hachiro

Bruce Chikuni-Sports Reporter

WARRIORS and Kaizer Chiefs legend Tinashe ”Father” Nengomasha, has likened himself to Ngezi Platinum Stars recruit, Richard Hachiro. 

Hachiro was the recipient of the ZTN Sports Man of the Match gong on his first appearance for Ngezi Platinum Stars. 

Nengomasha is the club’s team manager. 

Hachiro was part of the Ngezi Platinum side that outclassed Dynamos to claim a 2-0 victory in the Castle Challenge Cup at Baobab on Saturday. 

The 26-year-old joined Ngezi following the expiry of his contract with Chicken Inn. 

He single-handedly pocketed DeMbare’s midfield, particularly Donald Mudadi whom he reduced into an average player. 

Ngezi Platinum coach, Takesure Chiragwi rarely acknowledges individuals but he agreed that Hachiro made his job easy as he bossed his zone. 

Nengomasha earned his stripes as a defensive midfielder and he said he saw a lot of himself in Hachiro’s master-stroke. 

“I was happy for him; he was the difference because we knew Dynamos were going to try to be dominant in the mid-field to win the game but Hachiro came to the party. 

“He understood the assignment, and he was everywhere doing everything possible to block Dynamos from making any meaningful attempts. 

“He reminded me of my old days and I was not surprised when he was picked by ZTN Sports as the man of the match,” said Nengomasha. 

Nengomasha says Hachiro has what it takes to claim the Warriors call-up if he builds from that brilliant show. 

“He has played for the Warriors before and I’m not working close to him and I understand why he was selected in the Warriors squad. 

“He reads the game well and it’s up to him to maintain this form. 

“If he continues like this, it’s going to be difficult for any Warriors to ignore his exploits,” he said. 

Last season, Chiragwi had Leslie Kashitigu, Marvelous Mukumba, and Farai Madhananga as his options in this position.

This trio is still at the club but the arrival of Hachiro is going to worsen their case. 

Tinashe Mashaireni, a recruit from the team’s developmental side was also impressive on his debut.

He claimed a start and he never seemed out of place. Mashaireni is probably among some of the players to watch this season. 

He was the recipient of the ZIFA Northern Region Division One Golden Boot winner last season after netting 13 times.

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