Two Flames strikers Richard Mbulu and Gabadinho Mhango were on target as DSTV Premier Soccer League kicked off on Saturday.
Mbulu scored his first goal in PSL as Baroka FC defeated Maritzburg United 2-1 on Saturday whereas Mhango continued with impressive form as Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu drew 1-1 on the same day.
Mbulu, a former Mafco FC striker, endured a difficult start to life in the PSL having spent the entire season without scoring a goal. After misfiring in over 25 league games last season, Mbulu only needed 10 minutes to break the jinx in the new campaign.
“The first to the breakthrough went to the visitors six minutes after the start with Thabiso Kutumela steering a threaded ball from Judas Moseamedi narrowly wide. Baroka grabbed the lead four minutes later when Richard Mbulu charged into the area to tap beyond Maritzburg goalkeeper Bongani Mpandle,” reported www.kickoff.com.
Nhlanhla Mgaga scored the second goal for Baroka before Jose Ali Mesa scored the consolation for the Maritzburg with six minutes to full time.
For Mbulu, it was a big relief to start the season with a goal whereas Mhango would want to replicate last year’s form when he finished as joint top goal scorer with 16 goals alongside Peter Shalulile who also scored on his Mamelodi Sundowns debut.
However, Mbulu was not readily available for his comment.
Flames team manager, Clement Kafwafwa commended Mbulu for working hard to get on the score sheet.
“It is a motivation to both the player and the team. Playing at top level, he really needs to be at his best. He is one of the key players for the national team so it will help him to be motivated,” Kafwafwa said.
Mbulu joined Baroka from Mozambique side Costa do Sol in May last year but struggled to break the jinx in the PSL.
He scored five goals in 26 appearances for Costa in 2017-2018. However, he failed to register his name on the score sheet in the A.D Sanjoanense in Portugal in four appearances before returning to Costa where he scored two goals in 20 games in 2018/19 season.
Before moving to Mozambique, Mbulu finished as the top goal scorer with 19 goals in the TNM Super League while playing Mafco