Malawian red-hot forward Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango’s five-game scoring spree in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) was brought to a halt by Amazulu on Saturday who kept him at bay.
Mhango’s Orlando Pirates beat Amazulu 1-0 to move up to fourth in the 16-team league with 33 points from 19 matches, 12 points short of leaders and their rivals Kaizer Chiefs.
As of yesterday, Mhango was still the leading scorer with 12 goals, two ahead of his Golden Boot Award contenders Samir Nurkovic (Chiefs), Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United) and Bongi Ntuli (Amazulu).
He has one more in cup competitions, taking his tally to 13 in all competitions this season.
Mhango has become a fan-favourite since joining Bucs back in June from Wits University.
However, in an interview yesterday, the Orlando Pirates prolific marksman played down his failure to get on the score sheet on Saturday..
“Of course, I would have loved to keep up the momentum, but at the same time it has to be understood that I cannot be scoring in every game.
“It’s part of the game and it will not demoralise me. The most important thing was that we won,” he said.
Mhango is being tipped to reach the 20-goal mark which was last achieved in 2012 by Siyabonga Nomvethe.
In a match monitored on Digital Satellite Television (DStv) SuperSport channel, Vincent Pule scored the lone goal after being put through by Thembinkosi Lorch, who delivered a pin-point cross to in the 52nd minute.
However, Mhango nearly got on the score sheet late in the game, but had his effort denied by Amazulu goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha who pulled off a good save.
This was the fourth successive league victory for the Buccaneers and it increased their unbeaten run to eight matches.