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Pressure on Gabadinho

Refuses to panic as two players closes on him

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Pressure is mounting on Flames and Orlando Pirates striker Frank Gabadihno Mhango as the race for South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) golden boot award heats up with two players coming hot on his heels.

Mhango fired blanks in two games since the restart of the PSL. On Saturday, Gabadinho failed to score against his former side Bidvest Wits, however he is still the league’s leading goal scorer with 14 goals.

But Kaizer Chiefs gangling striker Samir Nurkovic and Highlands Park striker Peter Shalulile have 13 goals each. Nurkovic is in good form having scored two goals since the restart of the game.

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Mhango said he was not under pressure.

“Team glory comes first than my personal achievement. The break affected everyone but I will soon rediscover my scoring boots and help the team to win games,” said the former Nyasa Big Bullets forward.

Bradley Grobler of Super Sport United and Bongi Ntuli of Amazulu have 12 goals each.

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Gabadinho is hoping to become the first Malawian to win the award in the PSL.

South Africa-based Malawian journalist Benjamin Nyirenda, though admitting that the pressure is on Mhango, advised the attacker to concentrate on his game.

“You know both Shalulire and Norkovic have scored since the league restarted. Gaba has played two games against Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits and he has failed to score in both games which is not good for him.

But he is still leading with a goal ahead of them. He should not put pressure on himself. He should forget about top goal scorer award and focus on playing well and scoring to help the team win. Pressure can take his concentration away and it will not be good at all. He still has the chance to win the Golden Boot Award,” he said.

Elsewhere, Baroka FC and AmaZulu shared the spoils after a goal-less draw. Baroka of Gerald Phiri Junior and Richard Mbulu dropped valuable points and are just above the drop zone on goal difference with 24 points from 25 games. Phiri Junior played for 86 minutes whereas Mbulu came off the bench at the start of the second half.

Polokwane City are stuck in the relegation zone with 23 points having lost 3-2 to leaders Chiefs on Saturday night. Flames defender Dennis Chembezi played the entire game whereas striker Khuda Muyaba was not even on the bench. Bottom placed Black Leopards of Robert Ng’ambi were in action Sunday.

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