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Gabadinho Mhango misses PSL target

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Flames striker Frank Gabadinho Mhango has been left out of the 2019/20 Premier Soccer League awards nominees list despite a solid performance with Soweto giants Orlando Pirates last season.

Mhango had a wonderful debut season at Pirates and finished as the joint-top goal scorer with 16 goals alongside Namibian Peter Shalulire-becoming the first Malawian player to achieve the feat in the PSL.

The development comes after Mhango was also omitted in the inaugural South African Football Journalists Association (SAFJA) player of the season awards.

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PSL announced the final list of nominees for the 2019/ 20 awards on Thursday.

However, Mhango is conspicuously missing on the list of nominees despite becoming the first Pirates player to win the award after Lesley Manyathela and late Dennis Lota.

Kaizer Chiefs gangling striker Samir Nurkovic, Themba Zwane and Gaston Sirino (both of Mamelodi Sundowns), Shalulile of Highlands Park and Sirino complete the top four list of PSL Footballer of the Season award nominees.

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“This year, there are four nominees instead of the normal three after the players were tied on votes and could not be separated even after using the provisions in the rules to eliminate names. Voting for the PSL Footballer of the Season is done by Premier Division coaches only,” reported Super Sport.

In an interview from South Africa Friday, Mhango said he was not concerned and was focusing on the forthcoming season.

“It happens in life and I am not worried at all. I am focusing on the season so that we start on a high note. My target is always to help the team win games,” he added.

The Absa (now DSTV) Premiership Player’s Player of the Season nominees include Zwane and Hlompho Kekana (both Sundowns) and Lebogang Manyama of Chiefs. Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season nominees are Bongokhule Hlongwane (Maritzburg), Goodman Mosele (Baroka FC) and Sphesihle Maduna (AmaZulu).

Mhango helped Pirates to finish on third position and qualify for the Caf Confederation Cup. It was the first time he scored double figures in a season since moving to PSL in 2013 when he joined Bloemfontein Celtic.

The former Nyasa Big Bullets striker, who already won the Golden Boot award and pocketed K1.2 million prize money, was last week nominated for the goal of the season awards alongside Kekana, Thabo Nodala (Cape Town City), Dumisani Zuma (Chiefs) Nrukovik (Chiefs), Manyama (Chiefs) and Thabiso Kutumela of Maritzburg United.

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