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Joy for Gabadinho Mhango, Limbikani Mzava

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SAVED PIRATES—Mhango

Malawi National Football Team stars Gabadinho Mhango and Limbikani Mzava are on cloud nine after their teams registered tight wins in their respective midweek matches.

Mhango had a remarkable performance as he scored a spectacular goal from a freekick in Orlando Pirates’ 2-1 victory over Baroka while Mzava is celebrating his team Amazulu’s qualification for the Caf Champions League, courtesy of a 1-0 win over Moroka Swallows.

The former Nyasa Bug Bullets star striker is certainly not having the best of seasons at Pirates, where he is not in contention for the Premier Soccer League golden boot award, which he jointly won with Namibian Peter Shalulile last season, but he has established himself as a freekick specialist.

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The goal from the edge of the box helped Pirates to come from behind and beat Baroka 2-1 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday night.

Baroka took the lead through Denwin Farmer in the 45th minute. Mhango stepped up to beat goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke at the near-post in stoppage time of halftime to level scores at 1-1 at the interval.

Mhango was then replaced by Terrence Dzvukamanja who proved to be a super-sub as the Zimbabwe international scored with a header in the 88th minute to seal the important win.

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The Malawian also recently found the back of the net through a free kick to help the Buccaneers beat AmaZulu 1-0 at Orlando Stadium.

Wednesday’s goal was the fourth for Mhango this season. Current top goal scorer Bradly Gobler of Supersport United has 16.

Mhango said he was pleased with having helped Pirates to collect maximum points as they fight for a third place finish.

“My aim is to help Pirates win matches. I didn’t do enough this season because of injuries but I am happy that the goals are now coming. I am sure next season will be better for me,” he said.

Mhango’s Flames compatriot Richard Mbulu featured for Baroka who did not have Gerald Phiri Jnr in their line-up.

Meanwhile, Mzava’s AmaZulu are over the moon after their first-ever qualification for the Caf Champions League after collecting full points at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium.

Usuthu secured a second-place finish on the league standings after years of trying.

Flames Team Manager Clement Kafwafwa said Mhango’s performance was good for the team which desperately needs regular goal scorers to win matches.

“We want to go into the Tanzania match full of confidence. We can get this confidence from our players who are performing well at their clubs. Gaba has been struggling at Pirates but he has now regained his scoring form. This is good for us as we prepare to face Tanzania. We believe that he will do the same in Dar es Salaam,” Kafwafwa said.

He congratulated Mzava for his team’s qualification for the elite continental club competition.

“Mzava’s career will go a step higher if he manages to play in the Caf Champions League. We are wishing him all the best,” Kafwafwa said.

South Africa’s 2020/21 season ends tomorrow with Mamelodi Sundowns having already clinched the title.

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