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Gabadinho Mhango celebrates winning Premier Soccer League title

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Malawi forward Gabadinho Mhango won his first Premier Soccer League (PSL) medal with Bidvest Wits in South Africa on Wednesday evening.

Mhango watched the match from the substitutes’ bench as Wits sealed the title with one game to go after defeating Polokwane City 2-0 at Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg.

In an interview from South Africa yesterday, Mhango said winning the championship was one of the best moments in his career.

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“I am really happy that we achieved our mission. It has been a wonderful season for me and the club. We will see what happens next season but we deserved to win the league this season,” Mhango said.

Wits have completed a double having earlier won the MTN Top 8 Cup when a then red-hot Mhango was named man-of-the-match thrice.

The former Nyasa Big Bullets forward is the first Malawian footballer to win the PSL in over a decade.

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Patrick Mabedi and Ernest Mtawali won the PSL title with Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Having been sidelined in a fourth consecutive game, Mhango has since vowed to reclaim his position in the starting line-up.

“I will continue working hard. I know one day, I will start in the first XI. The coach (Gavin Hunt) always encourages me to work hard in training,” he said.

Mhango is Wits’ top scorer and third overall in the PSL with nine goals.

Wits won the title through goals from James Keene and Daine Klate to shrug off second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Maritzburg United on the same night.

It was Wits’ first league title since changing its name from University Football Club after Bidvest bought shares in 2005.

Wits won the PSL title with 60 points whereas Sundowns can only finish on 59 points.

In his debut season in the PSL while at Bloemfontein Celtic in 2013, Mhango won the club’s Players’ Player of the Season and top goal scorer awards.

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