Premier Soccer League probes Gabadinho Mhango


South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) is investigating Bidvest Wits’ Malawian striker Gabadinho Mhango for allegedly spitting at AmaZulu midfielder Michael Morton in Wednesday’s match played in Durban.

PSL acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mato Madlala, confirmed to South Africa’s online newspaper, News24, the probe on the Flames’ forward who appeared to have gotten away with the incident. He risks a fine.

“We saw the action of Mhango on television. It is something that is not right for the image of our game, but we will wait for the report from the match commissioner.


“We will then send the report to Safa [South Africa Football Association] review committee and the matter will then be referred to the prosecutor who will make the decision if the player deserves a sanction or not,” Madlala told the publication.

The PSL CEO said Mhango’s incident was similar to that, from a couple of seasons ago, involving Morgan Gould then of Kaizer Chiefs.

Gould was fined K2.7 million and banned for two matches for punching Wits striker Getaneh Kedebe.


“I’m not saying Mhango will be prosecuted or not, but decisions have been taken after matches before. It happened to Gould, but at the end of the day, the decisions are taken by Safa,” Madlala added.

Mhango reacted angrily to a foul by Thapelo Nyongo of AmaZulu, and when Morton tried to split them, the Malawian allegedly spat at him. Eventually, Morton was red-carded for pushing the former Nyasa Big Bullets star.

The incident happened after Morton, Jabulani Ncubeni and Rhulani Manzini had scored for AmaZulu, who ended up winning the match 3-0 to leave Wits second from bottom with two points from five games.

AmaZulu Coach, Cavin Johnson, has since condemned Mhango’s action.

“It is very unprofessional of Mhango to do that, but at the same time, maybe Michael Morton’s head just slipped a little bit. Mhango is not a good professional and he is not a good advert for South African football. It is not fair for any athlete to spit at another athlete. This thing is not fair,” Johnson was quoted saying.

Wits Coach, Gavin Hunt, has since told Soccer Laduma that he would deal with Mhango’s matter internally, adding “we don’t condone such behaviour.

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