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Gabadinho Mhango tipped to haunt Orlando Pirates in MTN8 final

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Malawi National Football Team and AmaZulu FC striker Gabadinho Mhango is expected to line up against his immediate former club Orlando Pirates during South Africa’s MTN8 Cup final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

Mhango joined AmaZulu at the start of the season after falling out of favour at the Buccaneers.

But the former Nyasa Big Bullets goal poacher has hit the ground running at Usuthu where he is the club’s top scorer with four goals.

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It was also his lone goal in a 1-1 stalemate with giants Kaizer Chiefs that saw AmaZulu advancing to the final on the away goals rule.

In its analysis of the threat that Pirates will face from their former players in the final, supersport.com reported that Mhango will be desperate to prove a few people wrong at his ex-club.

“The Malawian striker was at Pirates as recently as last season, but was barely used as he fell out of favour with the technical team despite a superb Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.

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“He spent three seasons with The Buccaneers, famously scoring 16 league goals in his first season in 2019-20, but oddly was never really given an extended run in the side after that. The 30-year-old has made a good start to life at Usuthu and will be desperate to prove a few people wrong at his former club,” the report reads.

Another online publication, iol.co.za reports that Mhango has a chance to become the first player to lift the MTN8 trophy with three different clubs after winning it at Wits and twice with Pirates.

“He has registered a goal and an assist in his three appearances in the MTN8 and the AmaZulu faithful will look to him to haunt his former club in the final,” reads the online publication’s analysis.

Pirates coach Jose Riveiro has shot down his side’s favourites tag in the MTN8 final, saying AmaZulu want to win just as much.

AmaZulu coach Romain Folz said he expects his side to take full advantage of playing its first ever MTN8 final at its home ground.

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