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Africa’s King

Gaba leads goal scorers in Africa’s top six leagues

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Malawi national football team and Orlando Pirates striker Frank Gabadinho Mhango is set to become one of the best forwards on the continent as South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) resumes on August 11. Mhango is the envy of fellow attackers in Africa’s top six leagues as he currently leads the goal scorers’ chart. Mhango, who is the leading scorer in the PSL with 14 goals, is at the summit of top leagues in South Africa, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

Lusaka Dynamos striker, Baba Basile, has scored 15 goals in the MTN Faz League but Zambia’s league is not ranked among the top six in Africa. By the time of football suspension, Mhango was one goal ahead of Pyramids FC (Egypt) striker Abdullah Said followed by TP Mazembe’s (DRC) Jackson Muleka and Fiston Kalala of AS Vita (also DRC) who have 12 goals each.

Anthony Okpotu of US Monastir (Tunisia) is fourth with 11 goals whereas Reda Hajhouj of Olympique Khourigba (Morocco) and Lamine Abid of CS Constantine (Algeria) have each 10 goals. According to Malawi News’ research on some of the best six leagues in Africa, Mhango is still at the top of the scorers chart. Before the suspension of football across the continent, South Africa’s publication, Kickoff. com , also recognised Gabadinho for being the leading scorer across the top six leagues in Africa.

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Meanwhile, Mhango has the chance to increase his goal tally in the PSL once football resumes next week. The former Nyasa Big Bullets star said he was excited that he was still leading on the scoring charts. “I am really happy and it’s great,” Mhango said in a brief response.

South Africa based Malawian journalist Benjamin Nyirenda, said the nation [Malawi] has talented players who need a proper platform to unleash their full potential.

“You see, this is an indication that Malawi has what it takes to be on top, not only in Africa, but in the world as well. Look where Gaba started and where he is now? We should give our players the chance and they can compete with the best in the world. Gaba needs just about two to three goals to win the Golden Boot in South Africa and that he is on top among top six leagues in Africa is a big sign that he is a great striker,” he said.

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Nyirenda pointed out Bullets’ playmaker Peter Banda, whose proposed move to South Africa’s Premier Soccer League side is on the verge of collapse after disagreeing on transfer fee, as among those with potential.

“That’s why I feel bad that Bullets are not giving Peter Banda the chance to play in South Africa and represent the country. He needs to start somewhere to get to the top just like Gaba started at Bloemfontein Celtic and is now doing well at Pirates,” he said.

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