Lessons from Gabadinho's nightmare at Orlando Pirates

Fransisco Madinga
  • A million reasons why Madinga mustn't be tempted to leave Europe for Pirates

Just as we were debating on whether or not Frank Hellings Gabadinho Mhango had made the right move to swap Orlando Pirates with AmaZulu, something worth keeping our heartbeats racing cropped up.

An authoritative South African online football publication speculated that Georgia-based Francisco Madinga, who is every inch a replica of Gabadinho, was destined for Pirates next season.

Short, sturdy and versatile are the attributes of the former Namiwawa FC attacker who made a name at Mighty Wanderers.

You can, therefore, understand why I hope it is not true that the heir to Gabadinho's throne in the Flames is being tempted by Pirates to join them next season from Dila Gori FC in Georgia.

I am treating all this as a speculation but the fact that Soccer Laduna published a report last week that Pirates had stepped up their chances scares me a lot.

I am scared because I am pretty aware a South Africa-based agency manages Madinga.

The problem with South Africa-based players managers is that they only look at the bottom line when entering into player transfer transactions.

I am very uncomfortable that Madinga should return to Africa because there is no empirical evidence that when you sign for South Africa clubs then your income improves.

Chonde Chonde let no Malawian sign for Pirates any time soon, as the Gabadinho experience with the Buccaneers shows that the Soweto giants have own motives.

Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi’s empty talk that Gabadinho was not guaranteed regular football even when his form peaked at AFCON should be enough to scare Madinga.

If Pirates can discard someone who was so good he scored more goals than Mohamed Salah at AFCON and was the only scorer for Malawi at the entire AFCON sojourn in Cameroon after having netted thrice in three games, what more with Madinga?

Pirates signed Joseph Kamwendo and Chiukepo Msowoya on separate occasions from the year 2010 but it is clear that their talents were wasted.

Kamwendo should have stayed at Nordsjaelland in Denmark and Msowoya should have gone elsewhere in Germany.

Pirates and indeed big teams in South Africa, will always find a way to frustrate talent, especially foreigners.

The sidelining of Mhango has xenophobia written all over it because I do not want to think that his disciplinary record is that bad.

South Africans cannot stand on a moral anti hill on matters of discipline because it is common knowledge that Bafana Bafana and in general the country’s football has stagnated due to rampant ill-discipline.

A country whose stars are/were bad boys Jabu Pule, now Jabu Mahlangu, Steve Lokoelea, Junior Khanye, Mbulelo Mabizela, Katlego Mphela and Ranti Tokelo cannot amplify isolated incidents of Mhango. After all, no one ever said the Malawian is a saint.

If Madinga’s move turns out to be true, we shall hold a vigil at the South African Embassy in Lilongwe. Mr ‘Sat’ will fund the vigil.