Finally, Frank Gabadinho Mhango can afford a smile after his scintillating form this season inspired his team, Bidvest Wits to be crowned Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions.
Bidvest Wits sealed the title on Wednesday, with one game left, when they thrashed Polokwane City 2-0 at Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg. They will be crowned champions on May 27th after facing Kaizer Chiefs in their last league match.
Mhango, 23, watched the match from the bench- fourth consecutive game on the bench- but that did not dampen his spirits of achieving a feast that has eluded some of the local football exports in the past 12 seasons.
The former Nyasa Big Bullets striker is the sixth Malawian player to win the South African league title, others include Jack Chamangwana, Earnest Mtawali, Patrick Mabedi, Mathews Phiri and Chancy Gondwe.
In an interview with local media, Mhango could not hide his excitement at winning the league title, saying “I am really happy that we achieved our mission. It has been a wonderful season for me and the club. We will see what happens next season but we deserved to win the league this season.”
Gaba, as he is popularly known, has also won MTN Top 8 Cup with Bidvest Wits, a cup competition he was named man-of-the-match three times.
He is third top-goal scorer in the league with nine goal, four behind leading scorer, Cape Town City’s Lebogang Manyama. Gaba has so far scored 11 goals in all competitions this season.
Bidvest Wits have 60 points from 29 games while Mamelodi Sundowns- who won it last season-are second with 56 points.
Mhango’s success at Bidvest Wits followed as good decision he made to dump Bloemfontein Celtic who failed to make use of his talent by reducing him to a side show last season.