Flames striker, Gabadihno Mhango, netted four goals in 44 minutes as Golden Arrows thrashed Limbikani Mzava’s Mpumalanga Black Aces 4-2 at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday night.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic front-man produced one of his best performances in the Absa Premier Soccer League(PSL) when he came off the bench in the 36-minute to inspire a remarkable come-back for Arrows.
He had replaced Nduduzo Sibaya with Arrows trailing by 2-0 after goals from Zambian striker, Collins Mbesuma and Judas Moseamedi.
Mhango netted his first goal from the penalty spot in the 45th minute, before heading in the equaliser in stoppage time.
The former Nyasa Big Bullets star then completed his hat-trick after 65 minutes with a neat finish, before netting the fourth after 80 minutes.
Zimbabwean Kuda Mahachi was the architect of Mhango’s second goals after providing assists, according to South African media reports.
Arrows had Nkanyiso Cele’s penalty saved by Shu-Aib Walters early in the first half.
The victory pushed Arrows to 10th on the table with 33 points, whereas Aces slipped to fifth.
Mhango’s impressive performance is good news to the Flames, who have been struggling for goals in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Former Flames midfielder, Hellings Mwakasungula, was pleased with Mhango’s exploits, describing him as a rare gem.
“He is a goal-scoring machine. Scoring is his tradition and hopefully he will transform his form to the Flames,” Mwakasungula said.
The Bidvest Wits-bound Mhango is now the second leading Malawian scorer in the PSL this season with four goals, one behind Platinum Stars’ Robert Ng’ambi.
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