Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer says he is happy to have a goal poacher like Gabadinho Mhango. The Malawian international netted a hat-trick to help Pirates defeat Polokwane City 4-1 in the league in Limpopo on Tuesday night.

It was the third hat-trick of the season which also saw Mhango become the first player this campaign to register double digits and rise to the summit of the top scorer charts. Zannibauer hopes the player keeps banging in the goals.

Meanwhile, the striker was pleased with his performance on the night adding that he hopes to get more hat-tricks this season.

The other players who have won match balls this term are Polokwane City’s Charlton Mashumba and Kaizer Chiefs’ Samir Nurkovic against Cape Town City and Bloemfontein Celtic respectively.

Pirates moved to fifth place on the standings with 24 points from 16 outings, and are 11 points from leaders Chiefs who have played 15 matches.

As much as Zannibaeur is happy with the progress made by his charges, he cautioned against the thinking that they could challenge for the championship. The coach says it is too soon. The Buccaneers next host Mamelodi Sundowns who failed to capitalise on a numerical advantage against Bidvest Wits yesterday.

The German mentor is expecting the clash in Orlando to be much different from their midweek victory.


– Report by Lethabo Kganyago