Malawi National Football Team’s striker Gabadinho Mhango is confident that the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations will help him exorcise demons that haunted him in the 2021 season.
“It was a difficult year but I kept believing in myself and working hard. Some people were also encouraging me, so I know that I am bouncing back strongly,” said Malawi’s two-goal hero in an interview yesterday.
The Orlando Pirates attacker has become the first Malawian to score two goals for the Flames at Afcon finals.
Gabadinho, who was voted man of the match, was on target twice as the Flames defeated Zimbabwe 2-1 at Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam, Cameroon Friday.
The two strikes were enough to keep Malawi’s dream of reaching their first-ever Round of 16 at continental showpiece alive.
Gabadinho said the players, having lost the opening game, were determined to beat Zimbabwe.
“I am very happy to have scored two goals. I was hurt when I missed the first game while I was in isolation. We encouraged each other to win the match,” he said.
Gabadinho said he will not rest on his laurels but aim to score more goals.
“We must work hard to make and leave an indelible mark that we should cherish when we retire,” he said.
The former Nyasa Big Bullets and Bidvest Wits striker said he was also hurt when Flames squandered a lot of opportunities against Guinea.
“Such is life in football, so we must draw lessons from it. What people think and what a player thinks is different. Of course, I was at pains that Malawi did not utilise its chances but we must not point fingers at each other,” he said.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.