Orlando Pirates and Flames striker Frank Gabadinho Mhango has admitted to facing a daunting task to defend the South Africa’s DStv Premiership golden boot award following his slow start to the 2021 season.
Mhango has endured a bad start to the season due to injuries but scored his second goal when Pirates defeated 3-0 Tshakhuma at Thohoyandou Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
“Defending the golden boot award it is one of the biggest challenges of my career. I have not been at my best since the start of the new season due to injuries. My focus now is to help my club win matches. It is my prayer that I should not pick another injury so that I can still chase the golden boot,” said the former Nyasa Big Bullets forward who jointly won the Premier Soccer League golden boot award with Namibian Peter Shalulile after scoring 16 goals apiece.
However, Mhango said it would not be easy to catch up with leading goal-scorer Bradley Globler of Supersport United.
Gobler has scored 10 goals.
During Wednesday’s game, at Thohoyandou Stadium, Mhango scored six minutes before the break as he doubled Pirates’ lead with a low strike past shot-stopper Washington Arubi after a through ball by Thembinkosi Lorch.
Mhango thought he had made it 4-0 for Pirates two minutes later, with a close-range finish, but the goal was disallowed for offside in the build-up.
The last time Mhango scored for Pirates was on October 24 last year when the Buccaneers drew 1-1 with AmaZulu at the Jansson Kings Park Stadium when the 2020/21 DStv Premiership was in its second week.
Meanwhile, another Malawian Richard Mbulu, who plays for Baroka FC, has returned to training after being side-lined for the past two weeks due to injury.
Mbulu has registered four goals this season and recently vowed to work hard to help Baroka win when facing high flying Swallows tomorrow.
The former Mafco attacker, speaking ahead of the Swallows games, said he was ready to return to the pitch with a win.
“I have been training with the team the whole week and everything is okay now,” he said.
Mbulu plays for Baroka together with Flames vice-captain Gerald Phiri Jnr, who scored the second goal as Baroka drew two-all with TS Galaxy on Tuesday.