Gaba in Cosafa golden boot chase

Flames forward Frank ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango is a favourite to win the ongoing Cosafa Cup Golden Boot Award as he is the joint leading scorer with three goals

Prior to last night’s plate phase semi-final against Comoros, the Bidvest Wits striker was tied with Mauritius’ Ashley Naziri whose side has since been booted out of the regional showpiece.

Gabadinho: It is flattering

Mhango moved to joint top of the scorers chart with his third goal against Zambia’s Chipolopolo in the quarter-finals, which ended two-all in regulation time after Zambia struck a last-minute equaliser. The Flames lost 4-2 on post-match penalties.

Another Flames forward Gerald Phiri Jnr, Comoros’ Ibrahim Youssuf and Namibia’s Isasker Guriab had scored two goals apiece.

Mhango, who turned the ball home from close-range to take his Cosafa Cup career tally to six, is also in sight of the all-time leading scorers in the competition, as he is two shy of Zimbabwe’s legend Peter Ndlovu and Felix Badenhorst from e-Swatini, who have eight apiece.

He scored a hat-trick in Flames’ 3-0 win over Angola during the 2016 edition.

In an interview yesterday, the South Africa-based forward was a model of modesty and played down his impressive form at the tournament in which he has scored in each group game.

“Honestly, I did not know about that and I am flattered by the statistics, but it is not necessarily the personal glory that matters. Rather it is about fighting for the team,” he said.

Share This Post