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Once they got into Gabadinho Mhango’s mind he lost the plot to Orlando Pirates – Mark Williams

The Malawi striker was PSL’s top scorer last season with 16 in the league, but only managed to score four in the current campaign.

Former Kaizer Chiefs forward Mark Williams believes TS Galaxy defenders managed to distract Orlando Pirates forward Gabadinho Mhango with their robust play in a 1-0 home win at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

After conceding an early goal against Galaxy, the Pirates enjoyed the lion’s share of the odds for the remainder of the game.

Mhango, in particular, had plenty of chances, but was guilty of missing the mark and being denied by superb saves from Galaxy goalkeeper Marlon Hugh. He also hit the post.

Former Kaizer Chiefs forward Mark Williams, speaking in the SuperSport The post-game television studio believes that Rockets defenders deliberately attempted to brutalize Mhango in order to distract him from what he does best.

“I think Mhango knows how to score goals,” said Williams. “It’s not that he doesn’t know how to score goals.

“But if you put it in the right place and press certain buttons, it reacts to that.”

Former Bafana striker Bafana, who won the 1996 Afcon with South Africa, believes the physical approach to Mhango may well have been a ploy by the TS Galaxy technical team.

“And that’s a weak point – as a player you have to forget about those things and focus on the job that you have to do.

“Because once they get into his mind he then lost the plot. He has to make sure he can put them 1-0, he can put them 2-0. But that’s what happened earlier (which distracted Mhango).

“And you know with the coaches they have – I can just imagine Shaun Bartlett and Owen [da Gama], saying listen here, ‘don’t be afraid, come home a little (with the challenges), a little physics, and that’s what we saw this afternoon’. “

Both teams finished the game with 10 men – the Pirates had Abel Mabaso sent off while Spiwe Msimango was sent off for the Rockets; both men received two yellow cards.

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