State Vice President Saulos Chilima has joined the football fraternity by congratulating Flames striker Frank Gabadinho Mhango for winning Premier Soccer League golden boot award.
Chilima said the nation was excited with the award for the Flames star.
“This is a great achievement not only for him but for the country as well. He must keep working hard and dreaming big. The sky is the limit,” Chilima said through a statement released on Saturday.
Mhango made history when he became the first Malawian to win the award having scored 16 goals for Orlando Pirates in the just ended season.
He won the award alongside Namibian striker Peter Shalulile of Highlands Park with the same number of goals.
For winning the accolade, Mhango will pocket R 25,000 (about K1.1 million).
Mhango scored in the Pirates 1-0 win over Stellenbosch on Saturday and also became the third club’s player to win the award after late Lesley Manyathela and late Dennis Lota. The win helped Pirates to finish third and qualify for the Caf Confederation Cup.
Football Association of Malawi (Fam) president Walter Nyamilandu also applauded the Flames star.
Flames legend Essau Kanyenda came close to winning it but lost by a single goal to the then winner Manyathela with 18 goals in 2003.
In his PSL career, Kanyenda scored 43 goals in 92 appearances for Jomo Cosmos and Polokwane City. However, Kanyenda won the top goal scorer award in the Cocacola Cup.
Flames coach Meck Mwase was also excited with Mhango’s exploits in the PSL.
“He has done us proud. We all know his qualities and we encourage all the players to emulate him,” he said.
For Mhango to achieve the feat, he waited for seven years having moved to PSL when he joined Bloemfontein Celtic in 2013. In his debut season at Celtic, Mhango scored nine goals for the club and was voted as the Player’s Player of the Year.