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Gabadinho Mhango in Orlando Pirates’ Enyimba win

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WON PENALTY FOR PIRATES—Mhango

Malawi National Football Team striker Gabadinho Mhango continued the fight for first-time action when he was brought in as a second-half substitute in Orlando Pirates’ 2-1 win over Nigerian giants Enyimba.

Mhango joined the Caf Confederation Cup action in the 75th minute and won a penalty for his South African side a minute later, which fellow substitute Tshegofatso Mabasa missed.

Mabasa made amends for the miss by scoring the winner in the 89th minute.

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The result means Pirates have kept their hopes of a quarter final ticket alive.

Dean Hotto’s cheeky back-heel gave the hosts the lead in the 27th minute but Enyimba equalised at the stroke of halftime, courtesy of Tunde Oladapo’s penalty.

In the second half, Pirates came firing from all cylinders and almost got their lead back through the 76th minute penalty when Mhango was hacked down inside the box barely a minute after coming on.

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“However, Mabasa saw his penalty go begging as he slid and hit the ball against his right foot as it skied over the bar. They however did not give up the fight and were rewarded in the 89th minute when the burly forward flicked in a header at the near post off a Hotto corner to make amends and hand his side maximum points at home,” reads a Cafonline report.

Mhango has been in and out of Pirates’ team this season due to injuries.

The former Nyasa Big Bullets star’s situation has been a matter of great concern to Flames Coach Meck Mwase who needs all his top players for crucial 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Sudan and Uganda.

Mhango scored the lone goal that saw Malawi edge South Sudan at Kamuzu Stadium.

The 2018/19 Premier Soccer League joint top goal-scorer is on the list of foreign country-based players to join the Flames ahead of Wednesday’s match against South Sudan in Khartoum.

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