Malawi’s State Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima says Flames and Orlando Pirates goal poacher Frank Gabadinho Mhango’s Absa Premier League Golden Boot accolade is a source of pride and excitement to the country.
On Saturday, Gabadinho Mhango became Malawi’s first ever player to scoop jointly with Namibian Peter Shalulile of Highlands Park, the South Africa’s most prestigious accolade the Golden Boot after tallying 16 goals a piece on the final day of the 2019/2020 season.
Esau ‘Black Mamba’ Kanyenda, one of Flames leading top scorers, is the only Malawian player who came close to winning the Absa Golden Boot during the 2002-2003 season while playing for Jomo Cosmos.
Unfortunately, he lost the race by a single goal to Orlando Pirate’s Lesley Manyathela who banged 18 goals against Esau’s 17.
In a statement issued on Saturday soon after Gaba broke the record, Chilima said the country was excited with the accolade conferred on him, after enjoying a massive season, since joining the Buccaneers at the start of 2019-20 season from Wits FC.
“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,” he said.
Frank Gabadinho Mhango joined Orando Pirates at the start of the 2019/2020 season from Wits, snatched a 50 percent share of the R50 000 prize money with Shululile pocketing the remainder for jointly winning the award.
Mhango’s Golden Boot accolade adds to a list of other honours the former Big Bullets, Bloemfontein Celtic and Bidvest Wits striker as he also twice scooped awards bagging double hatricks as well as several man of the match awards.
During the 2019/2020 season, Gaba played a total of 25 games in the Absa Premier League in which he had 24 starts at an average of 71 minutes per game, scored 16 goals, received 7 yellow cards and was never red carded
Gaba, a product of Big Bullets left the club in 2013 for South Africa’sBloemfontein Celtic, amid controversies and claims of under dealings regarding his move.
In his first season at Celtic, Mhango was named Player’s Player of the Year and managed to score at least nine goals that season.