Mhango has been conspicuous by his absence from regular action at the Buccaneers this season, especially considering how the striker had impressed for Malawi at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
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The 29-year-old enjoyed an unforgettable debut season at Pirates, and was one of the standouts for Malawi at the recent Afcon event, but that has not led to automatic selection on his return to the Buccaneers.
Recently, he actually hit out at Pirates after seemingly growing disillusioned at the club.
“We had a meeting recently and both parties agreed by mutual consent to part ways,” Mhango told Malawian publication, The Nation.
“It is a huge relief to me because I was hardly enjoying game time. It has been a stressful season for me and I can’t wait to move on and, hopefully, this will be a new dawn for my career.
“Of course, there were issues, but they were blown out of proportion. I have been training hard…I have been outstanding during training, but surprisingly, the coaches have been ignoring me and there is nothing I can do about it. It could be something personal, I really don’t know.”
Yet, it now seems some of the comments may have been taken out of context when considering the latest comments from his representative.
“He has said to me, if he’s in the technical staff’s plans for the new season, he looks forward to staying at Pirates,” Makaab said on Gagasi FM.
“If he’s not [in the plans] and there is an opportunity for him to move locally or abroad, then he’s also open to that.
“I’m pretty sure within the next maximum four to six weeks we’ll be exactly where Gabba is going to be. Will he be at Pirates, will he be at another club locally or abroad. Once again, it will be done in the correct fashion, he’s contracted to Orlando Pirates.”
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Mhango’s agent recently also shared more details about a recent meeting with Pirates chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza.
“Before we even start discussing next season, [I must state] the fact that Orlando Pirates have exercised the option to extend his contract which means that he is contracted to Orlando Pirates for a further two seasons,” Makaab said.
“We always knew that that would be the case, however, after sitting down with the chairman, he’s made it clear to me if we have a team that shows interest and the deal is a good deal for both club and player, he’ll consider it.
“I’ve spoken to Gabadinho and the most important thing is he’s fully committed to Pirates for the remainder of the season, he’s a professional. He has to do what he has to do as a professional football player.”
“I think his heart is with the club, he is paid by the club, he must perform the duties of the club,” Ncikazi told SA FM’s SportON.
“He’s got a contract with the club, he must meet the contractual obligations, he comes to training on time. If he does that, like all players are doing – respect the protocol of the club, respect himself as a player – he will get selected.
“If he doesn’t he will be subjected to all protocols that are subjected to any person who doesn’t do what the club requires, it doesn’t change, it doesn’t choose a name.
“It’s between him and management. Currently, as a Pirates coach, I just concentrate on what’s happening on the field, that’s a matter for management and him,” Buccaneers coach continued.
“But for now he comes to training, we treat him like we treat every player. He gets an opportunity, he gets selected or not selected and it applies to everybody and Mhango is not different.”
According to a recently article published by Phakaaathi, Mhango was always set to leave Pirates, with a deal in Sweden reported to be an option on the table.
However, it will also be interesting to see whether Kaizer Chiefs could swoop in to sign the striker.
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