“It also took me by surprise to be honest because I almost signed with Chippa United but Highlands Park came with a better offer‚” said the 29-year-old hard-tackling midfielder.
“I was close to joining Chippa.
"I did have a meeting with Chippa chairman Siviwe Mpengesi but it was just talks which led to nothing‚” said Makhaula.
Highlands opened their account with an Absa Premiership match at home against Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday afternoon
The Randfontein-born star said the move back to Gauteng where his family is‚ made more sense for him.
“The package from Chippa was good but it is just that the Highlands one was better and I am not too sure what happened between the two clubs.
“For me it is a big challenge because I am at a new club and I am happy to be here.
“I am from Joburg and I think Highlands Park as a Gauteng-based club made more sense for me because I’ve been away from home‚” said Makhehleni.