Pirates star hits back at naysayers

Premiership

Orlando Pirates finished yet another season without claiming any silverware, and one star who bagged a personal award has called for this to change.

Gabadinho Mhango is set to collect the 19/20 Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot alongside Highlands Park's Peter Shalulile, after the pair each netted 16 Absa Premiership goals.

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The accolade comes as mere consolation for the Malawian international, however, as he reflected on what ended up being a fruitless campaign for the team in his first season since arriving from Bidvest Wits in July last year.

“You can win a top goal scorer award but, at the end of the day, what matters most is what we achieve as a team," Mhango told the club's website.

"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."

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The 27-year-old forward, meanwhile, also had a message for his detractors who questioned his move to the Soweto giants at the start of the season.

“When I joined the club, I read some comments on social media about me. Some people were saying, 'Why sign Mhango, we need a goal scorer, not Mhango', and stuff like that," he added.

"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.

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“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 on the field; I have quality players around me who made this all possible.”

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