Mhango has been conspicuous by his absence from regular action at the Buccaneers this season, especially considering how the striker had impressed for Malawi at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
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The 29-year-old enjoyed an unforgettable debut season at Pirates, and was one of the standouts for Malawi at the recent Afcon event, but that has not led to automatic selection on his return to the Buccaneers.
Recently, he actually hit out at Pirates after seemingly growing disillusioned at the club.
“We had a meeting recently and both parties agreed by mutual consent to part ways,” Mhango told Malawian publication, The Nation.
“It is a huge relief to me because I was hardly enjoying game time. It has been a stressful season for me and I can’t wait to move on and, hopefully, this will be a new dawn for my career.
“Of course, there were issues, but they were blown out of proportion. I have been training hard…I have been outstanding during training, but surprisingly, the coaches have been ignoring me and there is nothing I can do about it. It could be something personal, I really don’t know.”
Mandla Ncikazi has addressed the situation related to Mhango, stating that he must still continue meeting the contractual obligations of the club.
“I think his heart is with the club, he is paid by the club, he must perform the duties of the club,” Ncikazi told SA FM’s SportON.
“He’s got a contract with the club, he must meet the contractual obligations, he comes to training on time. If he does that, like all players are doing – respect the protocol of the club, respect himself as a player – he will get selected.
“If he doesn’t he will be subjected to all protocols that are subjected to any person who doesn’t do what the club requires, it doesn’t change, it doesn’t choose a name.
“It’s between him and management. Currently, as a Pirates coach, I just concentrate on what’s happening on the field, that’s a matter for management and him,” Buccaneers coach continued.
“But for now he comes to training, we treat him like we treat every player. He gets an opportunity, he gets selected or not selected and it applies to everybody and Mhango is not different.”
According to a recently article published by Phakaaathi, Mhango was always set to leave Pirates, with a deal in Sweden reported to be an option on the table.
However, it will also be interesting to see whether Kaizer Chiefs could swoop in to sign the striker.
“He [my agent] told me that there are a few clubs that he is talking to and we are having another meeting today [Friday] for an update,” Mhango said.
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There have been ongoing calls for Mhango to consider leaving Pirates
Malawi assistant coach Meck Mwase openly stated that Mhango should eye a transfer away from the club.
“He must not challenge the coach but continue working hard,” Mwase told Malawi Times. “It will be good if he can switch teams. It is unfortunate that the coach is belittling Afcon when South Africa didn’t qualify.”
These views were echoed by Malawi’s National Coaches Association Chairperson Aubrey Nankhuni.
“It just shows that some officials do not want him at Pirates. This was a time to get the best out of him,” Nankhuni said.
“The best Gaba [Mhango] can do is to continue working hard and, at the same time, request his manager to secure him a move, even if it be a loan move.”