South Africa-based red-hot forward Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango has spoken about his trademark goal celebration that has sparked different reactions.
Whenever he scores, the Malawian forward, who is the leading scorer in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) with 13 goals, often splashes his boyish grin and then pokes fingers into his ears with his tongue out.
While some have suggested that the celebration is targeted at silencing his critics, others have said it is just a new celebration style that he has created.
But the 27-year-old Orlando Pirates talisman opened up to Soccer Laduma in an interview, saying: “Actually, my celebration, I don’t know how other people take it, but for me I just close my ears and not listen to anything. I focus on what I can do. That’s what it is about.”
He also explained why it is always a challenge to reach double digits in the PSL.
“I think probably it’s because the league is tough. It’s not easy and the defenders are not making it easy.
“They know the movement of strikers; they know how to control the strikers. So, yeah, I can say it’s not always easy for strikers in the Absa Premiership,” he is quoted as having said.
In an interview with The Nation after Amazulu halted his five-game scoring spree on Saturday, Mhango played down his failure to get on the score-sheet.
“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.
Pirates won the match 1-0.
Mhango is being tipped to reach the 20-goal mark which was last achieved in 2012 by Siyabonga Nomvethe.