Reigning PSL top scorer Gabadinho Mhango has been urged to forget the highs he reached last season and find a way to score goals again this term to remain relevant at Orlando Pirates.
Mhango, who was the joint-top scorer with Peter Shalulile last season, has scored just twice in the league this term from 560 minutes of game time and is 11 behind leading marksman Bradley Grobler.
This has left his fellow countryman Chancy Gondwe concerned ahead of Malawi’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification games against South Sudan and Uganda later this month.
"Gabadinho needs to understand that he is at a club that has many options and will not only depend on him," advises Gondwe, who played for Mamelodi Sundowns and Wits University.
"He is in competition at Pirates and needs to show the coach how much he wants to play and then with every opportunity that he gets must also then deliver. As a striker scoring goals is your licence to silencing critics and remaining in the team. How can you be dropped when you are scoring goals?
Check out Pirates' top scorers in the last 10 seasons
"However, when you are not scoring goals then the coach has every right to try out other options available for him. The Pirates coach cannot keep on selecting Mhango based on what he did last season. His current form is what must keep him in the team," says Gondwe, talking to KickOff.com from his honeymoon in Salima, Malawi after getting married on Saturday.
"I need to talk to him because he has reached a stage where the national team depends on him. We need him to score for us but that will only happen if he is also doing the job for his club first. He needs to first perform at his club. That then means Gabadinho needs to jerk up and find his way into the team so that he scores goals again."
Mhango's form has now left him with just three goals from 15 appearances in all competitions, raising worries for the Flames' main man.
"I know the Malawians think differently and only have the interests of their own players at heart, but it works differently at Pirates. It is up to Gabadinho to show the coach how much he wants to play. This is a new season and goals are needed again for him to remain in the team," adds Gondwe.