For the past couple of years, boy wonder Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango has thrilled soccer fans both on the local front and beyond with vintage displays rich in breath-taking skills. He now feels his magical touch can also charm the fashion world.
The South Africa-based Flames talisman has said he is excited at realising his dream of launching his own fashion label—Gabawear.
The 23-year-old Bidvest Wits striker said in an interview with Weekend Nation yesterday that his move to launch Gabawear label was also aimed at proving that it is possible for local sports stars to achieve their goals.
“At first, it was just a thought…a dream, a wish, but with time I had to turn it into reality. I consulted at length before coming up with a decision.
“Of course, I have lots of fans in South Africa, but I thought home is best. I thought it wise to start the project where it all began—home.
“I know Malawians will support me because I am one of them. As a role model, I also want the youth to realise that ndizotheka [it is possible] if you have faith and belief in what you do,” said the diminutive forward who is in the country on a short holiday.
Gabadinho, who is enjoying a rich vein of form in the Rainbow Nation where his team is currently second on the PSL log table, first revealed his new clothing range on his Facebook page on Thursday.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to present to you the first consignment of the GABA WEAR.. Snapbacks.available In Blantyre at the moment but will be across Malawi soon.. Thank You for your support!!” reads part of the posting.
“For start we have Snapbacks [caps] and T-shirts of different colours and sizes on sale and at L.Devraj [along Haile Selassie] in Blantyre and Kaunjika.com, located in Pacific Mall, Lilongwe. Very soon we will extend to Mzuzu,” he said.
He said the snapbacks are selling at K7 000 each while T-shirts are pegged at K6 500.
Gabadinho is following in the footsteps of football stars such as Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United legend David Beckham, South African legend Benni McCarthy and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielfer Teko Modise who have successfully launched their clothing ranges over the years.
Ronaldo has a CR7 underwear and shirt range, while Beckham has an underwear range, which he launched in 2012. n