Gabadinho handed Celtic debut: Malawi boy-wonder misses penalty in cup game

Bullets international striker  Hellings ‘Gabadinho’ Mhango on Sunday made a debut for South Africa’s top league Bloemfontein Celtic against University of Pretoria during his trials.

Mhango, who was featured as an 80th minute substitute had a not-so-good appearance after missing a penalty following the two teams’ one-all draw.

Celtic are searching for a striker to replace Lennox Bacela, who joined Orlando Pirates recently.

The Bullets striker gathered the courage to take the third penalty but saw his efforts bounce off the bar.

But his compatriot Limbikani Mzava, who has established himself as regular player stepped up to save Gabadinho’s blushes after he scored the winning goal.

Gaba: The potential striker
Gaba: The potential striker

The Bullets star must have messed up as he was left on the bench in the team’s second game played later against Kaizer Chiefs after Celtic finished the required three substitutes for the match.

Mhango is undergoing trials at the South Africa Premier Soccer League side after attended trials at Amazulu FC.

He was successful at Amazulu but failed to agree on terms with the club.

The 20-year-old striker has impressed South African clubs after scoring in trial matches.

His fomer club Brave Warriors in Malawi have demanded a 15 percent cut from transfer deal claiming that it was one of the conditions they let him join Bullets at K300,000

But Bullets General Secretary Higger Mkandawire said they were not aware of any such arrangements with Brave Warriors.

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