MZUZU (MalawiTalk) –Malawi international striker Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango on Saturday scored a vital goal for his South African club Orlando Pirates which earned them a berth to the round of 16 in the Nedbank Cup for the first time in three years.
Mhango, who finally made Pirates’ starting XI after being named on the substitutes’ bench in recent DStv Premiership matches, scored with a low first-time shot against second-tier GladAfrica Championship outfit Uthongathi in the 63rd minute.
In a match monitored on SuperSport TV, Mhango’s goal proved enough to stop Pirates being eliminated from the competition at the first round stage for a third consecutive season, although had Uthongathi made better use of their chances, the outcome could have been different.
Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer said the narrow win over Uthongathi was less about the performance and all about the result.
“You play against a first division team and it’s a concentration thing for the players,” he told SuperSport TV after the match.
“Maybe it’s the mindset from the players. But from us what’s important is that we are in the next round and that was the target today,” the German added.
Mhango admitted it was not an easy game for the Soweto giants.