South Africa National Football Team and Orlando Pirates legend Jerry Skhosana has blamed politics for Malawi National Football Team star striker Gabadinho Mhango’s exit from the Buccaneers.
Mhango recently joined AmaZulu after a frustrating season with Pirates which saw him missing out on game time.
Skhosana told soccerladuma.co.za that he was disappointed with Mhango’s time at the club but still regards him as one of the continent’s top strikers.
“At Cosafa Cup was the first time I saw Gabadinho Mhango for Malawi in KwaMashu at Princess Magogo Stadium during this tournament, scoring a beautiful goal and he was the top goalscorer.
“I told him that I wish I can negotiate with him to play for Orlando Pirates, that happens but I was so disappointed that he didn’t live up to expectations that I had,” he said.
Skhosana described Mhango as an asset with the potential to do better at Pirates.
“Whatever happened to him at Pirates, it was just football politics and misconduct. I wish I knew how to assist him. For me he was an asset and even in the Afcon in Cameroon, he was good. But maybe it wasn’t okay for him at Pirates. Regardless of that, I still see him as one of the best strikers in Africa,” soccerladuma.co.za quoted him as saying.
The South African online publication quotes Mhango’s agent, Mike Makaab, as saying the former Nyasa Big Bullets star was willing to stay at Pirates if he was in the coach’s plans.
“The initial discussion took place between the two chairmen, Dr Irvin Khoza and Mr [Sandile] Zungu. Once they had in principle agreed on a club to club deal, Dr Khoza informed me that there was interest in Mhango. I spoke to the player.
“The player was happy to stay with Orlando Pirates if he was in the club’s plans, but he was also happy to move if it meant he’d have an opportunity to fight for a place again regularly. In simple terms, that’s exactly how it happened,” Makaab said.
He said it was exciting to sort out the deal, which would help Mhango return to what he knows best.
“I sat with the chairman of AmaZulu, Mr Zungu, and we sorted out a deal that was acceptable. We are pretty excited and it will be nice to see Gaba doing what he does best, scoring goals,” Makaab said.