According to Phakaaathi, Mhango is eager to leave Pirates, with a move to Sweden being mentioned as an option for the striker.
“What has happened with Gaba at Pirates is something that is a big problem for any player. You have to remember that his contract is coming to an end in June, so he didn’t want to sign because he feels that his time with Pirates is over,” thePhakaaathi commented.
“There are lots of things that happened at the club, and some things are just too personal that they just can’t be shared. But, we hear about Sweden a lot, that is where he might end up because apparently he has been approached already.
“So, it is just a matter of him and that club to make things formal with his representatives. But I don’t think that is the only promising deal he has, I know there are also local teams that want to sign him.
“There is a big chance that he might remain in the country, so we will see how things unfold for him. As a person, I feel for him because I think he is someone who deserves to be playing regularly.”
After a Nedbank Cup clash earlier this year, Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi controversially suggested the DStv Premiership is “bigger” than Afcon after explaining the omission of Mhango.
Pirates may still exercise their option to renew Mhango’s contract which adds another year to his current deal, but the report also alleges that he has had a fallout with the technical team and would prefer to leave the Soweto giants.
Malawi assistant coach Meck Mwase responded to the comments from Ncikazi by suggesting 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.”