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Gaba inspires Bidvest Wits’ comeback

Flames striker Gabadihno Mhango came off the bench and inspired Bidvest Wits’ comeback as the South African Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) defending champions thrashed struggling SuperSport United 4-1 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.

The former Nyasa Big Bullets striker was introduced at half time and levelled matters when he benefited from SuperSport’s poor defending in the six-yard box after Dean Furman had given them the lead from the penalty spot.

A few minutes later, SuperSport striker James Keene rose above two defenders to head to the far post to give the visitors a lead.

Mhango continued to make his impact on the pitch when he provided the assist for Daylon Claasen who fired a powerful shot from 20 yards after 64 minutes.

Wits skipper, Thulani Hlatswayo, rounded off the scoring with a header in the 87th minute to ensure maximum points for the defending champions.

Following the victory, Wits have moved to position 12 on the Absa Premiership log table with 21 points from 19 games.

The Clever Boys have won five, lost eight and drawn six games this season.

Mhango has struggled for game time this season after serving a six-game ban for a spitting incident on Amazulu defender Michael Morton.

The Rumphi-born striker helped his team win the league title last season with several vital goals.

Mhango took the PSL by storm when he was voted Bloemfontein Celtic’s Players’ Player of the Season and top goalscorer in 2014.

But he moved to Wits in 2016 having spent six months on loan at Golden Arrrows where he scored five goals.

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