South Africa-based forward Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango’s agent Mike Makaab has conceded that his Malawian client struggled in the just-ended DStv Premiership season.
However, the Prosport International owner said he is optimistic that the Flames striker and his teammate Terrence Dzvukamanja, whom he also manages, will bounce back should they remain at the club next season.
Mhango, 28, was the joint golden boot winner in the 2019/20 campaign with 16 league goals in 28 games, but struggled to replicate the same from last season.
Makaab, who manages several players on the continent, was quoted by KickOff.com as having said: “They are both talented players and I think a number of Pirates players have been out of favour but they’re talented, they have to go through the difficult times, it’s what makes them appreciate the good times.”
“Like anything in life, if you aren’t prepared to soldier your way through, how do you build your character, you can’t be turning your back on challenges.
“I’m confident both players will play an important role going forward for the club.”
Makaab also said Pirates could reconsider their stance on the two players’ future if they look to rope in reinforcements for next season.
“They might be open to selling Gaba, but he has a contract to the club which we respect,” he explained.
“If we have an offer that we believe is good for the player and a fair offer in our opinion, in terms of his market value, I’ll present it to the [Pirates] chairperson.
“We’ve done deals with Orlando Pirates players to Europe in the past and as long as it’s a fair deal then the chances are that it can be done.
“But as I’ve said the most important thing for footballers is to focus on their energy on where they are at the time and the rest falls into place,” said Makaab.
In an interview, Mhango said it was no secret that his form slumped in the just-ended season and he attributed it to injuries.
“But that is water under the bridge and I look forward to bouncing back next season,” he said.