Ex-teammate not surprised by Wadi’s impact at JDR

Harare City captain Marshall Machazane has insisted he’s not shocked by Ishmael Wadi’s sensational impact at JDR after the Zimbabwe international’s fine start to life in the GladAfrica Championship.

The red-hot Warriors forward has been a driving force for JDR in their onslaught for a place in the topflight league. Wadi has scored seven goals after joining the second-tier side from Caps United at the start of the season. They currently sit in second position, level on 32 points with leaders Richards Bay.

“He’s always been a good player; he scored 11 goals and was in contention to be player of the season in 2018 when we played together. 

“He is comfortable playing on either wing in attack; he can play as a second striker and top striker. He’s flexible. 

“His most significant strength is the pace he has and that he’s good on the ball. He can take on defenders.

Wadi has been in sensational form since joining JDR

“So, I’m not surprised that he is doing well in South Africa. He always had everything,” Machazane told FARPost

The former Highlanders and Dynamos defender, Machazane, believes Wadi’s game has developed with time.

“I watched him from his earlier days at FC Platinum, and I always felt decision making let him down. But he has since grown and is mature. 

“He dribbles when necessary and knows when to release the ball,” he said.

He is convinced the 28-year-old forward deserves to be part of the Warriors squad that will do duty at the Africa Cup of Nations. Wadi is currently in Cameroon preparing for the Warriors’ first game against Senegal next Monday.

“He deserves it; he has been consistent; he was scoring goals. He is explosive, and I’ve seen him score some great goals in the GladAfrica Championship,” concluded Machazane. 

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