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Gaba returns

As Orlando Pirates knock Banda’s Simba SC out of Caf Confederation Cup

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Sidelined Malawi National Football Team striker Gabadinho Mhango did not disappoint when he was recalled to help his South African outfit Orlando Pirates advance in the Caf Confederation Cup.

Gabadinho scored the second penalty as Pirates booted out Tanzanian side Simba SC 4-3 on post-match penalties at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.

In regulation time, Mhango’s Pirates beat Banda’s Simba SC 1-0 to make the tie 1-1 on goal aggregate after the visitors won in Tanzania 1-0.

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The Malawian pair started on the bench for their respective side but the former Bidvest Wits attacker was introduced in the 78th minute while Banda was an unused substitute for Simba.

Mhango, speaking after the match, was happy to be part of the squad that has reached the semifinals of the continental showpiece.

“It is always great to be part of the winning team and I am glad that I was given a chance to play. All what we wanted was a win and we have managed it,” said the former Nyasa Big Bullets forward.

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He said he would continue working hard and respecting decisions at the club.

Gabadinho has endured a bad spell at Pirates as he was frozen out of the team despite having a stellar Africa Cup of Nations finals performance.

Mhango made history in his debut season at Pirates when he scooped the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot Award alongside Namibian Peter Shalulile with 16 goals in the 2020 season.

The following season, Mhango struggled to replicate his form due to injuries and off the pitch incidents.

Meanwhile, Banda has said he is disappointed with the loss after his teammates worked hard to secure a positive result.

At Orlando Stadium, Kwame Peprah scored for Pirates in regulation time.

Peprah tied an ill-tempered two-leg showdown at 1-1 on aggregate after Simba won the first encounter through a disputed Shomari Kapombe penalty in Dar es Salaam last week.

Unlike in Europe, where Uefa ties go to extra time first, African teams heads straight to penalties and Pirates won the shootout 4-3, with goalkeeper Ofori converting the kick that took the Buccaneers through.

During the shootout, Deon Hotto, Mhango and Tshegofatso Mabasa also scored for Pirates while Kabelo Dlamini’s penalty was saved by Aishi Manula.

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