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Gabadinho’s scoring spree halted

STILL LEADING—Mhango

Flames striker Frank Gabadinho Mhango goal- scoring spree came to a halt when he failed to score in Orlando Pirates 1-0 victory over bottom placed Amazulu at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

Before the match, Mhango had scored eight goals in five consecutive matches –including a hat-trick and a brace since the arrival of coach Josef Zinnabauer.

By scoring in five consecutive matches, Mhango matched the record of the then Kaizer Chiefs striker Lehlonololo Majoro who also scored in five matches in 2014/15.

However, the Flames striker who moved to Absa Premier Soccer League in 2013, is still the leading goal scorer with 12 goals his best goal tally ever in the Rainbow Nation.

Mhango’s highest goal tally was nine in his debut season for Bloemfontein Celtic before achieving the same feat while playing for Bidvest Wits when they won the PSL in 2016/17.

On Mhango’s heels are Kaizer Chief gangling striker Samir Nurkovic, SuperSport United striker Bradley Globler and Bongi Ntuli of Amazulu with 10 goals each.

He recently told one of the South Africa’s online soccer publications www.kickoff. com that he was confident of breaking PSL record set by Zambian striker Collins Mbesuma when scored 25 goals 15 years ago.

“I think it is possible but it is not easy because the league is strong and defenders are aware of the strikers and the strikers are aware of the defenders. I heard there is a record that some scored 25 goals – I think it was Mbesuma, so nobody has touched that record, but I think as strikers we all want to try and push and keep going until we get there,” Mhango was quoted as saying.

“I think I just need extra training for myself, because sometimes you need that extra training. When I am home, I do some finishing with my younger brother—I think that’s something that could me achieve that, yeah.”

With 11 matches to play this season, Mhango need to score at least a goal in every match and braces or hat-tricks to equal Mbesuma’s record.

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