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Gabadinho Mhango’s golden boot chase under threat

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The golden boot race between Flames and Orlando Pirates striker Gabadinho Mhango and Highlands Park striker Peter Shalulile took a new twist over the weekend when the Namibian equaled Mhango’s goal tally of 14 this season.

Shalulile continued with his impressive run since football returned in South Africa when he scored in a 1-1 draw against Polokwane City in a Premier Soccer League match on Saturday.

The Malawian came in as a second half substitute when Pirates went down 0-1 to Cape Town City on Sunday.

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This means the PSL golden boot race is wide open as more players are still chasing it. Mhango and Shalulile are joint top goal scorers with 14 goals in the PSL followed by Kaizer Chiefs gangling striker Samir Nurkovic and Bradley Grobler who have scored 13 goals each. However, Knox Mutizwa of Golden Arrows and Bongi Ntuli of Amazulu are also in the race with 12 goals each.

Mhango has struggled to find the back of the net since the restart of football in the PSL this season. But Pirates coach Joseph Zinnbauer has backed his striker.

He was not readily available for his comment Monday. South Africa-based Malawian journalist Benjamin Nyirenda admitted that Mhango was under pressure to win the golden boot this season.

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Meanwhile, Polokwane hopes of surviving in the PSL hang by a thread after the draw against Highlands. Polokwane have two Malawian players namely defender Dennis Chembezi and striker Khuda Muyaba. Chembezi featured in the game but Muyaba was missing in the squad that faced Highlands.

According to www.kickoff.com, Flames defender Limbikani Mzava helped Charlton Mashumba’s header into his own net following Mpho Mvelase’s pin point delivery from the right to give Polokwane the lead before Shalulile equalized.

Elsewhere, Flames striker Richard Mbulu and midfielder Gerald Phiri Junior came off the bench but failed to inspire Baroka FC as they lost 1-0 to Chippa United.

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