The 27-year-old Orlando Pirates striker, Gabadinho Mhango, has been on a roll for the Soweto-based side since joining as a free agent from Bidvest Wits last summer.
Mhango bagged his 11th league goal of the season as Orlando Pirates narrowly edged rivals Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Coming straight from scoring his first hat-trick for the Soweto giants, Mhango continued his scintillating form when he produced a brilliant finish on the minute mark following a good pass from Luvoyo Memela.
The goal took his tally to 11 as he maintained his top position in the top scorer’s chat.
The win saw Pirates returning to 5th position in the standings with 27 points from 17 games.
He was, for the second time in a row, voted man of the match.
The Brazilians also got an opportunity to go ahead in the 16th minute but Gaston Sirino’s effort from range hit the far post from Anele Ngcongca’s free-kick.
The visitors eventually gained momentum however they remained unlucky after Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands denied Thapelo Morena’s shot and Sirino’s follow-up shot was blocked.
Bucs eventually broke the deadlock on the 36th-minute mark leading Masandawana with a goal to zero after the in-form striker Mhango found the back of the net to take his tally to 11 league goals for the season.
The German coach made an immediate change into the second stanza, bringing in Thabiso Monyane in place of Memela, while ‘Jingles’ was in search of an equalizer sacrificing Mkhulise for Phakamani Mahlambi.
The Sea Robbers held the Tshwane giants until 12 minutes before the stoppage time when Sirino unleashed a dipping strike that was believed to be an equalised, however, the ball hit the inside of the near post while Lebogang Maboe failed to capitalize.
The defending champions had another chance to snatch a last-minute equalizer through a free-kick however Hlompho Kekana’ s shot went over the bar to give the Soweto giants a morale-boosting victory.
The defeat saw the Brazilians remain winless in two matches and stay nine points apart of league leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
Below is the footage from Mhango’s strike, courtesy of SuperSport.
Orlando Pirates take the lead with a brilliant team goal 🏴☠️
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) January 15, 2020