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Gabadinho admits golden boot challenge

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Orlando Pirates and Flames forward Gabadinho Mhango has made a rare admission that he needs a miracle to defend the DStv Premiership golden boot award following his slow start to the 2020/21 season.

The Malawian, having struggled with injuries this season, has scored two goals for the Buccaneers, 10 behind leading scorer Bradley Grobler of Supersport United. Mhango, who came in as a second-half substitute when Pirates lost 2-0 to Golden Arrows on Tuesday, said even though he was not ruling himself out of the golden boot race, he feared it would

be difficult to catch up with Grobler.

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“It is hard because a lot is happening here. I am yet to give up on the golden boot award chase. I admit that I am too far but the season is still on.

It is disappointing that we are not consistent but we are still pushing,” said Mhango, who has mostly featured from the bench due to injuries. The former Nyasa Big Bullets striker vowed to continue fighting to help Bucs win matches.

Mhango jointly won the PSL golden boot award last season alongside Namibian striker Peter Shalulile after both scored 16 goals apiece.

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Shalulile, who switched to Mamelodi Sundowns from Highlands Park at the start of the season, has netted six times, four ahead of Gabadinho.

Following the loss, Pirates have been relegated to fifth position after collecting 25 points from 16 matches.

Meanwhile, defender Limbikani Mzava played the full game as his side AmaZulu FC beat Bloemfontein Celtic 4-3 on Tuesday.

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