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Ex-Pirates coach backs Gabadinho

Legend says Pirates would have won silverware with Gabadinho

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Malawi National Football Team striker Gabadinho Mhango has received backing from Orlando Pirates legend Teboho Moloi, who feels the club should have handled his situation better by playing him.

Mhango is on his way to AmaZulu after missing out on game time towards the end of the season despite enjoying a good run at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Cameroon, where he scored three goals for Malawi.

Moloi told sowetanlive.co.za that Pirates would have won the Caf Confederation Cup final against Morocco’s RSB Berkane had they handled Mhango better by featuring him in matches.

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The legend argued that the Soweto giants could have also finished in a better position in South Africa’s DStv Premiership with Mhango in their line-up.

Moloi, a former Pirates coach, made the remarks to the media during the Women and Men against Child Abuse athletes’ initiative in Sandton on Wednesday.

“The thing that left the question mark was how they handled the Mhango situation. I mean, the boy had already proven at the Afcon tournament that he is one of the best strikers. I think it’s just man-management; that they could have gone about it [better],” sowetanlive.co.za quotes him as saying.

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Moloi said Pirates could have dealt with Mhango’s disciplinary issues while playing him.

“Use the player, let him play and let him give us the results and, at the end of the day, deal with whatever off-the-field antics that he was believed to be doing. But let him come in, let’s help him. I mean, for the cup final, I just feel like had they used him, we would be talking a different story.

“As you know, when we went to the Champions League final [in 2013] we didn’t have Happy [Jele], we didn’t have Siyabonga [Sangweni] and Andile [Jali]. And it goes back to the same thing, that previous experience should be lessons to say that if we had a full team, let’s use our full squad and get the results and deal with whatever had to be dealt with after the games,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi has apologised for the club’s failure to lift any silverware this season.

Pirates failed to qualify for the Caf Champions League and the Confederation Cup after finishing sixth on the table with 44 points.

Ncikazi described the season as disappointing.

“Fans of Orlando Pirates and management don’t deserve this. Just to sum it up. I think the result summed up a very unsuccessful season for the team and one just has to apologise for such a season. There is no justification of anything if you try to go to the match and justify what happened.

“But also, I don’t think we were a bad team, though we created better chances, but the outcome is different. So that’s why I don’t want to even go there, we just have to take out what we can after we lose the match,” he told citizen.co.za.

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