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Orlando Pirates rely on Mhango

Orlando Pirates’ Reliance On Gabadinho Mhango Has Been Exposed

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].


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“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)

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Pre-Lockdown PSL Awards Wordpress

Pre-Lockdown Absa Premiership Awards

If the PSL would have declared an end to the season after the lockdown, these are the players who would have snapped up the Absa Premiership awards: 

Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season:

Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United) – Williams was has been the most consistent keeper in the league again this season. He has bailed his ageing defence out on may occasions. 👴🏿

Absa Premiership Defender of the Season:

Eric Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs) – I thought Eric Mathoho was finished. 💀

For the past couple of years, Mathoho missed games due to injuries and dip in form. Mulomowandau used to dominate opposition players on the ground and in the air. But, not anymore.

This season, however, he is back to his old self. Mathoho is a very important player in Ernst Middendorps log leading team. His defending has been sublime, when not in the team his absence has been felt, and he has even pitched in with a couple of important goals. 

Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season:

Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United) – Sipho Mbule has had a breakout season. Mbule is a highly skilled midfielder. He has an excellent range of passing, a very good setpiece taker, and has a sprinkle of flair to his game. 


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Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season:

Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United) – At only 23, Mokoena has a bright future.  Being one of the best players at a position that takes years to master is a testament to his talent. Mokoena is technically sound and his work rate both in attack and defence is excellent. Let’s hope he gets a move abroad sooner rather than later. ✈️

Absa Premiership Goal of the Season:

Cole Alexander (Bidvest Wits)

Enough said. 

Absa Premiership Top Goal Scorer:

Gabadinho Mhango (Orlando Pirates) – Mhango moved from to Pirates from Bidvest WIts this season. It didn’t seem as though he was Gavin Hunt’s cup of tea beside the obvious talent. ☕

Mhango had to fight his place in the first Pirates team. Mhango now could be the Buccaneers most important player due to the goals he scores. ☠️

Absa Premiership Coach of the Season:

Ernst Middendorp (Kaizer Chiefs) – Don’t lie Kaizer Chiefs supporters, don’t act like you were all juiced up when you heard Chiefs brought Middendorp back to be your coach.

Mazinyo did okay in his stint from 2005-2007 but some fans still blame him for the departure of Scara Ngobese from Chiefs. That’s another story for another day.  📅

Like him or not you’d have to admit, Middendorp has improved as a coach. He doesn’t have the most talented team but it functions well as a unit. 

Absa Premiership Player’s Player of the Year:

I do not know who the players would have voted for as their player of the season. 🤷🏿‍♂️

But, most of the time it ends up being the same player as the: 

Absa Premiership Footballer of the Season:

Lebogang Manyama (Kaizer Chiefs) – Manyama another player who resurrected his career this season. He has on occasion single-handedly won a game for Chiefs. He is intelligent, skilful, can pick a through ball and scores occasionally.

Ernst Middendorp has given him the keys to the Chiefs offensive and he has single-handedly driven it to the top of the standings. He is the footballer of the season. 🗝️

Well, sort of…

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