Former Black Leopards assistant coach Patrick Mabedi has said he ‘is happy but not surprised’ by compatriot Gabadinho Mhango’s scoring exploits with Orlando Pirates.
“I am very happy and proud of him. He is on top of his game,” Mabedi told FARPost.
“I am not surprised because the first year that he came to Bloemfontein Celtic, he was the second leading scorer [with six goals] behind Bernard Parker and now he is getting enough game-time.”
Another Malawian John Maduka, speaking in his personal capacity, told FARPost that Mhango was making all Malawians proud.
“I am glad to see him doing well. He is one of the deadliest strikers in the PSL now. He is on another level. I am so proud of him because if he is doing well, it means all Malawians are doing well. We just hope that nothing disturbs him. You know in football there are things like injuries. If he continues scoring, there are high chances for him to be the top scorer,” Maduka of Celtic said.
The Malawian striker took his tally to 11 goals in 15 PSL games after netting in Pirates’s 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday night.
Reacting to the development, Malawi deputy coach Lovemore Fazili said he was optimistic that Mhango would transfer his club form to country.
“For a long time we have been talking about our strikers not scoring enough goals for the national team but if he continues like that, we have no doubt that the national team is also going to benefit from his form,” Fazili said.
He is the main striker for the Flames who are in contention for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers.
The Flames are third in Group B of the Afcon qualifiers with three points from two games and on position three.
Uganda lead the group with four points followed by Burkina Faso also on three points while South Sudan are bottom without a point.
Mhango scored a wonder goal when the Flames beat South Sudan 1-0 in the Afcon qualifiers Malawi also beat Botswana 1-0 on aggregate to qualify for the group qualifying stage of the World Cup African qualifiers.
A draw for the World Cup Africa qualifiers is scheduled for January 21.
By Peter Kanjere
FARPost’s Malawi Correspondent.