Mhango will break my PSL record – Kanyenda

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Former Jomo Cosmos striker Esau Kanyenda has predicted that his record of scoring in seven consecutive games in PSL history will soon be broken.

“I think it will be broken and Gabadinho Mhango has a chance to do that. He is playing for a big team Orlando Pirates while I played for
then a relatively small team,” Kanyenda, who is now based in the UK, told FARpost.

‘Black Mamba’ said this after Gabadinho scored in Pirates’ 3-1 win over Highlands Park on Saturday to take his tally to 12 league goals in 16 PSL games.

Kanyenda during his days with Polokwane City.

With eight goals in five games, Mhango is two goals away from matching Kanyenda’s record of scoring in seven consecutive PSL games.

In the 2001/02 season, Kanyenda scored 11 goals, including a hat-trick and two braces, in games against Manning Rangers, Wits University (now Bidvest Wits), Santos, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bush Bucks, Black Leopards and SuperSport United.

That record has remained unbroken in the history of the PSL which was established in 1996.

Kanyenda reflected on that record fondly saying: “That year I was the second PSL top scorer behind (the late) Lesley Manyathela who scored 18 goals and I had 17.”

In 2003, Kanyenda eventually secured a high profile transfer to Rostov in Russia top-flight league in 2003 only to resurface in SA to help Polokwane City earn PSL promotion some years ago.

Kanyenda also played for Rise and Shine until 2016 in his second PSL spell before he returned to Malawi to wind up his career with Be
Forward Wanderers before retiring in 2018 season.

Pirates’s next game is against AmaZulu at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

By Peter Kanjere

FARpost’s Malawi correspondent

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