Mhango, Ng’ambi named top 10 foreign players in South Africa

Malawian stars Gabadinho Mhango of Bloemfontein Celtic and Platinum Stars’ Robert Ng’ambi have been named in top 10 foreign players plying their trade in South Africa.

Kickoff named Gabadinho and Ng’ambi among the elite 10 players alongside goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola of Finland, Anthony Laffor (Mamelodi Sundowns), of Liberia, Pappy Fatty of Burundi, Alje Schut (Mamelodi Sundowns) of Netherlands, and the Zimbabwean trio of Tendai Ndoro (Mpumalanga Black Aces), Knowledge Musona (Kaizer Chiefs) and Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns).

Kickoff  reported that Gabadinho had a change of fortunes after the departure of coach Clinton Larsen.

Gaba: On the rise with awards
Gaba: On the rise with awards

“The Malawian hardly featured under Clinton Larsen, but the arrival of Ernst Middendorp proved just the tonic as Mhango found his goalscoring feet and has netted eight League goals. He has also been nominated for the PSL Young Player of the Season award,” states the report.

The South African football publication also lauded praises on the Malawian midfield workhorse.

“Not one for the spotlight and better known for his commitment and high work-rate in midfield, Ng’ambi was brilliant as Stars won both the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout earlier this season. He has also weighed in with some crucial goals, netting seven in the League alone.”

Mhango and Ng’ambi have also been nominated for PSL awards with the striker going for PSL Young Player of the Season while the softspoken Platinum hitman is going for Last Man Standing in MTN and Player of MTN awards.

The awards are expected to be held on May 18 a week the leafue finished with Sundowns landing the title.

In another development, Gabadinho Mhango scooped both Bloemfontein Celtic top scorer and players’ player awards on Sunday night.

Mhango, who scored eight goals in the League in 2013/14, was likewise grateful to be honoured.

“I am so proud to have won both these awards and I want to tell people out there that hard work and determination pays off,” Mhango said.

“Next season I want to score even more goals and I am full of confidence and belief. Winning these awards have capped off a great season for me personally and for the team as a whole.

“I want to thank my teammates because you cannot score goals without great service and I want to thank the technical team for believing in my talent.”

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