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Gabadinho Mhango matches 5-year record

In-form forward Gabadinho Mhango has matched a four-year record after scoring in five games on the bounce in the South Africa Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The Flames forward contributed the second goal— intercepting a back-pass then tapping into the net—as Orlando Pirates beat Limbikani Mzava’s Highlands Park 3-1 in a PSL match on Saturday.

Gabadinho has matched the record of the then Kaizer Chiefs striker, Lehlonololo Majoro, who scored in five consecutive games in 2014/15 season, according to South Africa media.

Apart from Saturday’s game, the former Nyasa Big Bullets forward netted two goals in 3-1 win over Black Leopards, in 1-1 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic, a hat-trick in 4-1 demolition of Polokwane City and in 1-0 beating of champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

With eight goals in five games, Gabadinho has bettered the record of Sthembiso Ngcobo who scored seven goals in five consecutive matches.

Gabadinho is two games away from matching former Jomo Cosmos striker Esau Kanyenda’s record of scoring in seven consecutive PSL games.

Compatriot Kanyenda found the back of the net in most consecutive games between February 20 and April 13 2002 while with Cosmos.

In the 2002 season, Kanyenda registered 11 goals, including a hat-trick and two braces, in games against Manning Rangers, Wits University, Santos, Sundowns, Bush Bucks, Black Leopards and SuperSport United.

That record has remained unbroken in the history of the PSL which was established in 1996.

After playing for Cosmos, Kanyenda secured a move to Rostov FC in Russian before returning to South Africa to help Polokwane City earn PSL promotion.

He returned home to wind up his career with Be Forward Wanderers before retiring in 2018 season.

Kanyenda, who is based in the United Kingdom, finished the 2002 season with 17 goals one shy of Lesley Manyathela of Pirates.

The former Flames star believes Gabadinho can better his record.

“Gabadinho has a chance to do [break his record] that. He is playing for a big team—Orlando Pirates—while I played for then a relatively small team,” Kanyenda said on Saturday night.

Commenting on his rich vein of form, Gabadinho told South Africa’s Sowetan newspaper that he was aiming higher.

“It is my dream to reach my target of above 15 goals this season and I am hopeful I will achieve that,” he said.

The diminutive forward is the leading PSL scorer with 12 goals from 16 games, a form former Flames skipper Patrick Mabedi attributed to the fact that Gabadinho is enjoying game-time compared to previous club, Bidvest Wits.

Fifth-placed Pirates have 30 points from 18 games meaning that they have 12 games to wind up the season; an opportunity for Gabadinho to score more goals.

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