Relief could be the prevalent emotion for Malawian players in South Africa after National Soccer League (NSL) Board of Governors set a date for football resumption.
South African media on Monday reported that football will resume on August 8 in South Africa with the Nedbank Cup semifinals before the PSL games resumes on August 11.
The resumption of the game in August could be good news for Flames striker Frank Gabadinho Mhango who is chasing his first ever golden boot award in the Rainbow Nation. In an interview Tuesday, Mhango said he was excited with the latest development.
“We have been waiting for it and now we are excited as players. We hope we will hit the ground running when football resumes. My target is to help the team to win the league and also win the golden boot,” Mhango said.
Mhango leads the scoring chart with 14 goals in the PSL in his debut season at Orlando Pirates but faces competition from Bradley Grobler, Peter Shalulile and Bongi Ntuli with 12 goals each.
The current campaign which was halted in March this year due to Covid-19 pandemic, is expected to be concluded on September 5.
“The remaining 54 league matches will be played behind closed doors in Gauteng. Gauteng is the epicentre of the pandemic in South Africa but national association says health protocols will ensure there is only a “one percent chance’’ on any one being infected,” reported Sport 24.
The South African Football Association (Safa) also welcomed the decision to resume the game.
“I would like to thank the NSL chairman [Irvin Khoza] and the entire Board of Governors for helping put this matter to rest. We will now witness the ultimate and fair conclusion to the current and unique season, and I am sure the football-loving fans can’t wait for football to resume again,” Safa president Danny Jordan was quoted as saying.
Apart from Mhango, Malawi has several players in the PSL namely Limbikani Mzava, Robert Ng’ambi, Gerald Phiri Junior and Richard Mbulu. Chawanangwa Kaonga plays for TS Sporting FC in the Glad Africa Championship.
Both Phiri Junior and Mbulu will also play in the Nedbank Cup semifinals as Baroka FC face Bloemfontein Celtic.
Kaizer Chief are current league leaders with 48 points from 22 games, four points above second placed Mamelodi Sundowns who have a game in hand. Super Sport United and Pirates are third and fourth, respectively with 40 points each.