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Gabadinho begins life at Pirates

By Ronald Mpaso:

NOW A PIRATE—Gabadinho

Malawi national football team striker, Gabadinho Mhango, has spoken of his delight at becoming an Orlando Pirates player.

Mhango officially became a Pirates player after joining the club in preparation for the 2019/20 South Africa Premier Soccer League season last week.

The Malawian is quoted by soccerladuma. co.za as telling Pirates’ website that he was looking forward to donning the club’s famous black-and-white colours after joining from Bidvest Wits.

“I am happy to have joined this wonderful club and I look forward to the season ahead,” he is quoted as saying.

With the Buccaneers having left Gauteng for their pre-season training camp in Rustenburg, it has now been confirmed that Mhango has joined his new teammates after signing a three-year deal with the Soweto giants.

“Orlando Pirates Football Club can now confirm the signing of Malawian international Gabadinho Mhango from Bidvest Wits. The 26-year old has penned a three-year deal with the Buccaneers,” Pirates confirmed on the club’s official website.

He will have to be at his best to earn a place in the starting line-up ahead of other strikers such as Justin Shonga, Augustine Mulenga and Tshegofatso Mabasa.

Mhango caught the attention of several big South African clubs after a five-star performance at this year’s Cosafa Cup in Durban, where he finished as the joint top scorer with three goals.

Pirates moved quickly to sign the former Big Bullets goalpoacher who was also on archrivals Kaizer Chiefs’ shopping list.

Mhango has played for South African clubs such as Bloemfontein Celtic and Golden Arrows.

He also attended trials at Vitoria Setubal in Portugal.

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