Gabadinho Mhango, rated among the players to watch at Cosafa Castle Cup, lived up to expectations when he scored a hat-trick in Malawi’s Group B opening game on Sunday evening.
In the process, he becomes the first Malawian to achieve that feat at the regional tournament.
The three-goal hero was also named man-of-the-match, an accolade that came with a trophy and $250 (about K178 750).
The Bidvest Wits striker has since promised more goals in his quest to clinch the golden boot award at the end of the tournament.
“With the help of my team-mates, I am confident that we can achieve more here at the Cosafa Cup,” the striker said.
Mhango has to thank calm and composed holding midfielder Rafiq Namwela, left winger Gerald Phiri Jnr, central midfield maestro Joseph Kamwendo and flying right winger Isaac Kaliyati who were simply a marvel to watch on Sunday evening.
Other scorers are Swaziland’s Felix Badenhorst on two goals.
Claudel Fanomenza (Madagascar), Jeremea Kamela (Lesotho), Sera Motebang (Lesotho), Ronald Pfumbidzai (Zimbabwe), Obadiah Tarumbwa (Zimbabwe) and Jane Thaba-Ntso of Lesotho have a goal each.
Mhango’s twin striker Chiukepo Msowoya is missing on the scorers list.
He missed several scoring opportunities against Angola.n
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