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Malawi National Football Team striker Gabadinho Mhango inspired his new team AmaZulu to a 2-1 win over SuperSport United with a goal and an assist in a DStv Premiership match played on Wednesday evening.

Mhango came off the bench to equalise for AmaZulu, marking his first goal of the season.

He converted by getting to the end of Riaan Hanamub’s cross in the 65th minute, nine minutes after Thapelo Maseko had given the visitors the lead.

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The former Orland Pirates star was on the scene again with a pass that enabled Bongi Ntuli to score the winner in the 78th minute.

Mhango is trying to revive his club career at Amazulu after a difficult campaign with Pirates last season which saw him being relegated to a sideshow.

The former Nyasa Big Bullets goal poacher said he felt excited to score the first goal for his new club.

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“It is really amazing for me and the club to win the match. I grabbed the opportunity to play for this team with both hands,’’ he said.

Mhango, who signed a three-year deal with AmaZulu, said he is settling down well in Durban.

“I feel at home here at AmaZulu. I have settled down well and my teammates have welcomed me. All I want now is to score more goals for my new club,’’ he said.

Mhango made history when he became the first Malawian to win the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot Award after scoring 16 goals in the 2020 Premier Soccer League season.

He shared the accolade with former Highlands Park target man Peter Shalulile who is now with continental giants Mamelodi Sundowns.

However, injuries and disciplinary issues saw him being denied game time at Pirates.

South Africa-based Malawian journalist Benjamin Nyirenda described the goal as a morale booster for Mhango.

“This is good for Gaba’s confidence. He will have game time at AmaZulu and the players around him are also helping him,” Nyirenda said.

Mhango made headlines for good reasons after scoring a stunner for the Flames in a 2-1 round-of-16 Africa Cup of Nations loss to Morocco in Cameroon early this year.

The goal earned him a nomination for Caf’s Goal of the Year award.

He went on to make the final top three but lost to Senegalese Pape Ousmane Sakho.

AmaZulu are Mhango’s fifth club in South Africa where he has also played for Bloemfontein Celtic, Bidvest Wits and Golden Arrows.

Wednesday’s goal means Mhango has scored for all the five teams he has played for.

In his debut season, he scored nine goals at Celtic and was named the club’s Players’ Player of the Season.

At the peak of his struggles at Pirates, analysts kept advising him to join a club that would help revive his career by giving him game time.

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