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Gabadinho among Cosafa’s top 10

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He is a pale shadow of the once ruthless finisher, but the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) has cited Flames forward, Frank Gabadinho Mhango, among top 10 players to watch at the 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup in Namibia.

Ahead of the regional football showpiece kicking off in June, Cosafa has named the Bidvest Wits-bound Mhango on the list comprising Felix Badenhorst (Swaziland), Jonathan Bolingi (Democratic Republic of Congo), Segolame Boy (Botswana), Keagan Dolly (South Africa), Gelson (Angola), Emmanuel Mbola (Zambia), Peter Shalulile (Namibia), Tendia Ndoro (Zimbabwe) and Sarivahy Vombola (Madagascar)

“Mhango is a lively forward with a habit of scoring spectacular goals and could be the main man to lead the line for Malawi’s Flames,” reads www.cosafa.com

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“They have a number of top striking options, but his movement and bustling style are a handful for any defence. Mhango will join top South African Premier Soccer League side BidVest Wits next season, but for the current campaign is on loan at Lamontville Golden Arrows.”

Cosafa did not explain why Mhango, who has scored once in South Africa this season, was chosen. He is likely to be available for the trip to Namibia.

The two-time finalists, Malawi has never won the Cosafa Cup, but go to Namibia, for the competition to run from June 11 to 25, as defending champions of Cosafa Plate Division. The division pools losing quarter-finalists.

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The Flames, having been booted out by Mozambique in the last-eight during the 2015 edition held in South Africa, relocated to the losers’ category where they won the title after beating Zambia 1-0.

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