An Orlando Pirates star has missed out on a call up to his country’s national team despite his impressive start at the Buccaneers and to the 2019/20 season.
Following his move from Bidvest Wits to Pirates during the off-season, Gabadinho Mhango had a flying start with the Soweto giants after he scored on debut against Bloemfontein Celtic.
With the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers set to begin, Malawi are one of the first African teams to name their squad as they prepare for their back-to-back matches against Botswana, which are scheduled for next month.
Mhango is one of the notable absentees from the Flames’ latest squad named by Coach Meke Mwase.
Prior to his official exit from Wits, Mhango had been in Mwase’s squad for the 2019 Cosafa Cup hosted in Durban from 25 May to 8 June.
Mhango finished the tournament as one of the top goal scorers along with Malawi teammate Gerald Phiri Jnr and Ashley Nazira of Mauritius.
Malawi’s latest squad for World Cup qualifiers:
Goalkeepers: Rabson Chienda, Ernest Kakhobwe (both Bullets), Brighton Munthali (Silver Strikers), William Thole (Wanderers), Charles Thom (Silver Strikers)
Defenders: Denis Chembezi (Wanderers), Justice Chihoma (Chitipa), Gomezgani Chirwa (Bullets), Peter Cholopi (Wanderers), Trevor Kalema (Silver Strikers), Lughano Kayira (Mzuni), Charles Petro, Precious Sambani (both Bullets), Stanley Sanudi (Wanderers), Hadji Wali (Silver Strikers)
Midfielders: Peter Banda (Bullets), Chikoti Chirwa (Kamuzu Barracks), Chimwemwe Idana, Chimango Kayira (both Bullets), Francisco Madinga, Alfred Manyozo ( both Wanderers), Mecium Mhone (Blue Eagles), Mike Mkwate (Bullets), Emmanuel Muira (Chitipa United), Lloyd Njaliwa (Moyale Barracks), Duncan Nyoni (Silver Strikers), Lackson Sangano (Mzuni), Felix Zulu (Wanderers)
Strikers: Chikaiko Batison (Mighty Tigers), Foster Bitoni (Blue Eagles), Stain Davie (TN Stars), Hassan Kajoke, Patrick Phiri (both Bullets).