In a desperate bid to qualify for 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Malawi national team the Flames have incorporated wonder kid, Gabadinho Mhango for the game against Kenya’s Harambee Stars, and has, eventually, turned out to be a selling gimmick to woo more support for the match.
Last week, Flames, in absence of Gabadinho who is writing Junior Certificate examinations, failed to beat Namibia at Kamuzu stadium in a thrilling encounter that saw the home side squandering chances that would otherwise turned tables around.
Many supporters were left disappointed and it was evident the moment Gaba turned up at the game in his school uniform. His presence stole the show, as the home crowd declared its fervent love for him through chants and cheers, a manifestation of how much they missed his services on pitch.
Interestingly, the Big Bullets scoring machine is expected to turn up for action this Wednesday after Flames technical panel included him in the squad, and he has eventually become only hope to restore Malawi’s dreams of participating in the World Cup as his name continue to be highlighted in the game’s media adverts.
Radio adverts, especially aired on MBC radio 2, highlights Gabadinho’s name while urging supporters to never miss the encounter as the wonder kid would be present.
“Gabadinho nso akahala konko, bwerani muzamuone…..” declares part of the advert.
He is the reigning Malawi Player of the Year and a subject of transfer speculation to big name foreign teams
Meanwhile, Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has disclosed gate charges for the game will remain the same as was during Namibia, Flames encounter.
FAM Commercial manager, Casper Jangale told the local media that there would be no changes on the part of gate charges with tickets selling to start today (Monday), which would see people parting away K1, 000 for open stands.
The Harambee Stars have already arrived in the country for the Wednesday’s game, which is a must win for the Flames if they to keep their hopes of qualifying for Brazil 2014 alive.