Orlando Pirates legend baffled by Mhango expulsion!

Orlando Pirates legend baffled by Mhango expulsion!

Former Orlando Pirates defender Tonic Chabalala has weighed in on the controversial omission of Gabadinho Mhango at the Buccaneers.

After a stellar Afcon campaign in January, Mhango was expected to return to the Buccaneers’ starting lineup after falling out of favour due to a rocky 2021 filled with off-field issues.

The Malawian star however has been kept far away from the Orlando Pirates starting lineup despite his ‘red-hot’ form and a former defender has weighed in on the controversial situation.

Orlando Pirates legend baffled by Gabadinho Mhango’s situation!

“If I were to coach Orlando Pirates, I would prioritise playing players based on their performances in training.” Chabalala told SoccerLaduma.

“Because at the end of the day it would be me whose job would be on the line if results were not coming the team’s way.

“Some of the things I see at the club from a distance are not sitting well with me and I wish that players are selected on merit.

“Let me give you an example of Gabadinho Mhango who is not playing at Orlando Pirates, and I don’t understand the logic behind his omission.

“I hear stories of discipline and all of that but for me I wouldn’t care as a coach about the player’s discipline away from the team and I would judge them based on performance in what I see in training.

“It’s so frustrating to hear coaches talking about building because we have been building all the time. Until when we will be building?

“It’s so frustrating. For me, whoever is performing in training at Orlando Pirates should be selected for matches,”

Gabadinho Mhango has made just two starts for the Buccaneers so far this season while he’s made a total of seven appearances.

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