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Gabadinho Mhango speaks on blistering form for Orlando Pirates

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Malawi national football team striker Gabadinho Mhango has expressed happiness with his current form at South African Premier Soccer League giants, Orlando Pirates, which has seen him top the goal scorers’ chart.

Mhango put up a Man-of-the-Match performance during Pirates’ 4-1 win over Polokwane City on Tuesday night in which he claimed a sensational hat-trick.

The win helped Pirates to move to fifth position on the Absa Premiership log, getting back to winning ways after a disappointing result against Bloemfontein Celtic.

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Mhango said he was pleased with the hat-trick but refused to get carried away with his five star display at the Buccaneers which has seen him taking over as the top league’s leading scorer with 10 goals.

“I am happy with last night’s performance. This is just the result and performance we needed.

We really got stuck into giving a good performance, very intense from front to back. We worked so hard and moved the ball well particularly in the first half but most importantly, we went home with all three points.

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“On a personal level I am very pleased to have scored a hat-trick, as an attacking player, goals is what we live for. But there’s no time to relax, we need to stay grounded and not get ahead of ourselves.

“We have important games lined up this month. We need to try build on last night’s performance and produce some consistent results,” online publication soccerladuma.co.za quoted Mhango as telling Pirates’ official website.

Mhango’s star is on the rise after scoring six goals in three consecutive matches for Pirates, and has, for the first time since moving to South Africa, reached double digits.

But the former Big Bullets goal poacher faces a tough test as Pirates welcome defending Mamelodi Sundowns to the Orlando Stadium on January 15 in their next Absa Premiership clash.

Sundowns lie second on the table with 32 points while Kaizer Chiefs are in the driving seat with 38 points.

Mhango is the only Malawian making progress in the Rainbow Nation as his countrymen continue to endure losses.

Robert Ng’ambi’s Black Leopards had no luck in their midweek action against Chippa United as they went down 2-1.

The Flames duo of Gerald Phiri Junior and Richard Mbulu were on the losing side with their team, Baroka FC, falling 1-0 to Golden Arrows.

Luck also eluded Limbikani Mzava’s Highlands Park who were thrashed 3-0 by leaders Chiefs.

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