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Gabadinho Mhango earns praise from teammate

Red-hot Malawi national football team striker, Gabadinho Mhango, has earned praises from his Orlando Pirates teammate, Luvuyo Memela, describing their understanding as key for the team’s improved performance.

Mhango and Memela have stepped up to steer Pirates out of the rut they found themselves in earlier this season after a string of poor results.

The Buccaneers are unbeaten since the arrival of Coach Josef Zinnbauer, claiming victory in four games and drawing one out of the first five matches he has taken charge of.

According to kickoff.com, Mhango has been indispensable during this run after netting eight goals in the last five games, including a hat-trick and a brace.

The former Big Bullets goal poacher’s recent surge in form has turned him into a strong contender for the January Absa Player of the Month award.

Kickoff.com argues that Mhango has one player in particular to pay tribute to during this purple patch, Memela, who has set up no less than four of the Malawian’s goals in the last four matches.

Memela picked up the Man-of-the-Match award in Pirates’ 3-1 win over Highlands Park on Saturday and has since opened up on his fruitful combination with Mhango.

“I think we’re combining well as a team. When you have the quality of Mhango, Lorch and Pule – especially us, we’re used to each other. It’s easy to play with a player like Mhango, because you always know that he likes going on the left side before coming inside to the right – he’s got a good right foot.

“So, the only thing I need to do is just to look for him, and he knows when I get the ball in the spaces I’m going to try and turn, and once I do he knows he needs to make a run for me to try and find him. But it’s all [being worked on] at training. We’ve been together now for about six or seven months, so it’s a matter of understanding each other,” Memela is quoted as saying.

Mhango is expected to lead the Flames as they take on Mozambique, Ivory Coast and Cameroon in the 2022 Qatar World Cup Africa Zone qualifiers later this year.

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