Since his brace against Chippa United in February, Orlando Pirates’ leading goal-scorer Gabandinho Mhango has been on a bit a goal drought.
It’s been six games since the game against Chippa. Orlando Pirates have only managed to win one and score once in those half a dozen matches.
I don’t know about you but I a pattern here. It seems as though there is a correlation between Gabandinho Mhango lack of goal production and Orlando Pirates’ unsatisfactory performances.
Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer recons Mhongo’s dry spell is due to confidence or fatigue.
“He scored a lot of goals in the first games, and now [against Wits] he had one of the best chances but it was not so [that he could score].
“As a striker, when he doesn’t think about anything, he scores, and now maybe he thinks a little bit too much that he wants [to score].
“You know as a striker you need the self-confidence and you need the trust from the coach‚”
“And it’s not so easy too that we have a good striker or two on the bench.
“We have not a long time [before the next game] and we have to see what’s possible in the next game – maybe he needs a break or he needs the next game but I don’t know, we’ll [figure out] a plan for the next game.”
Gabandinho Mhango tops the leagues’ scoring charts with 14 goals. At Orlando Pirates, he is trailed by an out of favour Tshegofatso Mabaso who has scored six. His goals have become increasingly important to Pirates. I’m surprised his coach would even think of resting him in a team that has scored 0 goals in their last four.
Every coach would love to have a forward that could score 15 goals in a season. But, this becomes an issue when the forward is relied upon a bit too much. The last time I check you need more that 15 goals to win the league.
Mhango is carrying Orlando Pirates’ goalscoring load and clearly, it has become too much. Pirates midfielders offer no goal-scoring threat. Other Pirates attackers like Pule and Memela are more goal creators than goalscorers. Mhango needs help and Zinnbauer needs to provide it.
By @cheezfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)