The fiasco surrounding the Orlando Pirates and striker Gabadinho Mhango is doing more damage to the club and the player and there is no one winning, to be honest.
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There is still no logical explanation from the Pirates as to why the Malawian striker had no playing time at the club despite his good performances for the Flames in the Caf Africa Cup.
It really doesn’t make sense why a player of such quality, a forward, who is capable of scoring goals and winning crucial club games, remains an outcast while the team suffers on the national front.
We all know that the Pirates do not have a lethal center-forward right now, a striker they can rely on to score those important goals, but, instead, the team had to rely on the genius of Bandile Shandu, a right-back who currently has scored seven goals in all competitions.
Mind you, as Mhango was left out of the squad, Bucs’ technical squad continued to alternate between Kwame Peprah, Zakhele Lepasa and Terrence Dvzukamanja as forwards. But the three forwards, including Tshegofatso Mabasa, are not doing justice in terms of goals.
Before I go any further, I know some might say, but yes, the role of a striker is not just about scoring, but as a striker you also need to be able to connect with your teammates and create chances for them. But, let’s not fool ourselves, the main goal of having a striker is for that striker to score, that’s enough.
Peprah, Lepasa, Dzvukamanja and Mabasa have not provided results, but you keep putting Mhango aside, it really doesn’t make sense.
I may not know the real problem with Mhango’s omission because transparency in the football industry is nothing but a desire. However, if there were discipline problems with the striker, I’m sure this is something the technical team and management could have faced instead of making the team suffer.
The Pirates made it to the quarter-finals of the Caf Confederation Cup, but they could have done much better in the DStv Premiership with the presence of Mhango, there is no doubt about that. And as things stand, a second spot on the register is a huge demand for Bucs.
With his contract expiring in June, I won’t blame Mhango for leaving the club at the end of the season.