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Gabadinho Mhango basks in MTN8 glory

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Flames’ forward, Gabadihno Mhango, received his first ever silverware in South Africa as his Bidvest Wits thrashed Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 to lift the MTN 8 Cup at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

Mhango kept his place in Wits’ starting line-up when he appeared in his debut cup final since moving to South Africa from Nyasa Big Bullets in 2013.

However, Mhango was substituted after 69 minutes for Simfiso Myeni.

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“Everybody is excited and I salute my teammates and the technical panel for working hard to win this cup. It was not easy but we really deserved it,” he said.

During the final, former Orlando Pirates’ midfielder, Daine Klate grabbed a brace with the other goal coming from Eleazar Rodgers.

Mhango has made a bright start to his career at Wits having won three-man-of-the-match awards and scoring once this season.

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He moved to Wits from Bloemfontein Celtic, but spent six months on loan at Golden Arrows last season.

Meanwhile, according to Wits’ policy, their players will share R4 million (about K168 million) of the R8 million (about K366 million) MTN prize money.

However, Soccer Laduma football magazine’s sports writer, Benjamin Nyirenda, said on Sunday that the players will donate their MTN 8 cut to Wits University.

“The players say they want to donate their share to the university to renovate the school that was damaged due to students’ protests,” Nyirenda said from South Africa.

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