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AmaZulu coach insists on getting the best from Gabadinho Mhango

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AmaZulu head coach Brandon Truter has insisted that he will continue to get the best out of Malawi National Football Team star striker Gabadinho Mhango who was sidelined at Orlando Pirates.

Mhango has started his AmaZulu career like a house on fire, scoring three goals in four DStv Premiership matches and collecting a Man-of-the-Match award during an MTN Top 8 match.

Truter told online publication soccerladuma that he was managing Mhango and another new signing Dumisani Zuma after they earned bad boy tags at Pirates.

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The mentor said he was doing his best in order to ensure that he keeps them on the straight and narrow path.

The pair signed for Usuthu at the start of the current season with disciplinary issues surrounding their stay at Pirates but Truter said he is looking on the bright side.

“Of course, it was all in the media [reports of bad behaviour off the field and attitude problem] for everyone to see what the previous clubs or people were saying about them as well. For me, at this level, you won’t find technically or tactically bad players; I think the most important thing at this level is the man management.

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“We tend to forget that players are human beings as well, so having said that, the respect comes back to you. And I think the respect I have given Gaba, he has given it back, same with Zuma as well, but obviously, being the head coach, I have to say, ‘hey listen, try not to cross this line as there will be repercussions’, and they have embraced it, accepted it and the man management part with Gaba and Zuma,” he is quoted as saying.

Truter said he was happy with Mhango’s performance.

“If you keep them on their toes, Gaba is happy, I am happy with the performance, and he is happy with the goals. He is happy with the quality at training, so as long as we manage that aspect,” he concluded.

Former Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer told idiskitimes.co.za that he was surprised by the limited game time Mhango had last season but said there was a lot of competition at the club.

Mhango’s coach at the time Mandla Ncikazi was on record to have said that the player’s five star performance at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon did not guarantee him an automatic place in the starting line-up as the continental showpiece was not at the level of South Africa’s DStv Premiership.

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