Flames forward Gabadinho Mhango on Wednesday flew into the country and donated various items to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital’s Chatinkha Maternity Unit in Blantyre.
The Bidvest Wits striker said he used part of his MTN8 Cup bonuses to buy the gifts.
The former Nyasa Big Bullets player was instrumental in his club’s 3-0 dramatic victory over Memelodi Sundowns last Saturday.
Mhango said: “After winning the MTN8 Cup, I decided to celebrate by giving back to my people in Malawi. Malawians are the reason I am where I am today and even though I can give things that are bought by money, I can never give back enough. I got into the country without announcing and now am back in South Africa.
“But the purpose of the trip was fulfilled as I managed to visit the kangaroo mothers at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. Kangaroo mothers care is a method of caring preterm infants by, among others, mothers carrying infants with skin-to-skin contact so that they regulate the body of the babies for weight increase plus bonding.
“I shared stories, made jokes, gave out assorted items and some cash to each patient in the ward. I made friends with wonderful twins named Trust and Triza—beautiful babies.”
Mhango said he will return in future to donate more items to the mothers who spends hours with their babies.
“I pray to God to continue blessing and protecting these mothers who continuously dedicate hours of holding their babies just so they live. I can’t wait to go back to the ward someday and hopefully help out in other wards and hospitals,” he said.
Commenting on Mhango’s gesture, former Nyasa Big Bullets general secretary Higger Mkandawire, who was instrumental in the player’s move to South Africa, said other players should emulate the gesture.
“I am impressed that Gaba is involved in Charity work and mainly identifying areas such as kangaroo where babies and their mothers are struggling. It does not mean he has much, but he believes to share what God provides him and gives back to his fans and these babies can be also be Gabas of tomorrow. Let teams and other football players in Malawi emulate the example set by Gaba. There are many football fans out there that are needy and need their help,” he said. n