Malawi National Football Team striker Gabadinho Mhango has started the 2021-22 season on a low note with his South Africa DStv Premiership side Orlando Pirates failing to register a win in two opening fixtures.
Pirates were held to a barren draw in a league match by newcomers Marumo Gallants on Tuesday at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
The result means the Buccaneers have now gone three competitive matches without a win at the start of the new campaign.
Tuesday’s result comes in the wake of Pirates’ defeat to Swallows FC in the MTN8 quarterfinals and a 2-2 draw in their league opener at home to Stellenbosch over the weekend.
Mhango was handed a start against Stellenbosch but was not at his best and was replaced with Terrence Dzvukamanja.
However, the former Nyasa Big Bullets attacker said they remained hopeful of turning the corner.
“We have played two league games and getting two points may not be looking good. But we are hopeful that things will work out in the next assignments,” he said.
The 2019-20 Premier Soccer League joint top goal-scorer had a bad season last year after netting only five league goals.
In other matches, Mhango’s compatriots Gerald Phiri Junior and Richard Mbulu were on cloud nine after their team Baroka FC beat Marumo Gallants 2-0 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Flames captain Limbikani Mzava’s AmaZulu endured a tough time as they went down 1-0 to defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns in their opening fixture on Friday.
Amazulu returned to action yesterday evening against Swallows FC at Kings Park Stadium.
Baroka also had a match last night against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.