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Flames striker Gabadihno Mhango’s hopes of winning the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Golden Boot award this year have received a boost after South Africa Minister of Sport, Art and Culture Nathi Mthethwa approved that training should resume for contact and non-contact sports from tomorrow.

The PSL is still suspended due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic but following the announcement that South Africa will move to level 3 of the nationwide lockdown there is hope that the PSL could resume soon.

Mhango, who plays for Absa Premiership giants, Orlando Pirates, is still leading the goal scorer’s chart with 14 goals, two above Bradley Gobler of Super Sport United, Peter Shalule of Highlands Park and Bongi Ntuli of AmaZulu FC.

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However, despite the green light for football training to resume, contact sport would still not be allowed to resume play in level 3 of the lockdown.

“Some teams in the PSL are already in underway with preparations to return to training next week, however, this pending official communication from the PSL,” reported www.Soccer Laduma.com.

Mhango could be the first Flames player to win the PSL Golden Boot Award if he maintains his form once football resumes. The former Nyasa Big Bullets striker scored nine goals in his debut season while playing for Bloemfontein Celtic.

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However, Mhango was not readily available for comment yesterday. Apart from Mhango, Flames have reliable stars in the PSL namely Limbikani Mzava, Gerald Phiri Junior, Richard Mbulu and Robert Ng’ambi. The PSL is expected to meet on Tuesday to decide on the resumption of football in the Rainbow Nation.

“Certain member clubs have raised issues of interpretation regarding the new regulations. The Executive Committee met yesterday, and, having regard to the representations due to be made to a government by football generally, a further urgent meeting has been set for next Tuesday, by that time the Executive Committee will be in a position to every member club precisely what has been resolved by South African football generally as well as the attitude of government to that position,” PSL acting Chief Executive Officer Mato Madlala was quoted as saying.

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