Orlando Pirates hitman Gabadinho Mhango has opened up about his debut season at the Buccaneers.
The Malawi international arrived from Bidvest Wits just before the start of the 2019-20 season, and despite being notorious for scoring goals, Mhango felt many people undermined his abilities to perform at a big club.
"When I joined the club, I read some comments on social media about me. Some people were saying, 'why sign Mhango? We need a goalscorer not Mhango, and stuff like that," Mhango told the Orlando Pirates website.
"Obviously, as players, we try as much as possible to avoid reading negative comments but sometimes it’s impossible to ignore them. But I believe in myself and that is why I never allowed the negative voices to get into my head."
"Before the season started my target was to score 15 goals. I always believed that I have the ability to score goals and I did just that, but credit must also go to my teammates. I am not alone out there on the field; I have quality players around me who made this all possible," added Mhango.
"All goals are good goals but there are a few that even when you watch them again and again, they leave you saying “wow”. I would say my goal against Kaizer Chiefs was good. Oh, and the one against Polokwane City.
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"It’s something that I have been working on at training. I even like to score similar goals when playing Fifa on PlayStation. It’s where I cut onto my right foot and then curl a shot to the top corner."
Mhango went on to score 16 league goals and he finished the campaign as the joint-top goalscorer and the club's top goalscorer with 17 goals across all competitions.
"You can win a top goalscorer award but at the end of the day, what matters most is what we achieve as a team. This club is due a trophy and it’s up to all of us to make it happen. I truly believe that with the players that we have we can achieve whatever we set our minds on,"