Red-hot Malawian forward Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango has bagged the Goal of the Month Award in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL), barely weeks after being named Player of the Month.
PSL confirmed yesterday that Mhango bagged the award for his first goal against Polokwane City which got the highest votes from fans.
The development comes as a timely boost for the 27-year-old as he gears up for this weekend’s much anticipated Soweto derby against rivals Kaizer Chiefs, which is the exact game that sparked his current form back in November last year.
In an interview from his Johannesburg base yesterday, Mhango said: “I have just been informed about it… Obviously I am very excited.”
On whether he saw it coming, Mhango chuckled and said: “Not really, but I felt that my first goal during that game was classic.”
The goal, which came in the fifth minute, had all the hallmarks of theatre and art.
With the ball firmly glued to his foot on the left flank, Mhango appeared to have little chance of beating his marker, but a touch of majesty that followed, was a wonder to behold.
He turned his opponent inside out and his deadly intentions became clear. In a flash, he produced a sweet-curling drive that gave Polokwane ‘keeper George Chigova no chance. Mhango went on to claim a hat-trick in that game.
The Buccaneers hitman currently sits pretty at the summit of the scoring charts in the PSL with 14 goals, two ahead of his closest chaser Peter Shalulile of Highlands Park.
The Flames prolific forward has enjoyed a rich vein of form since December last year, with the appointment of coach Josef Zinnbauer, having also greatly aided his form.