Makhanya: It is not expected that buyers will receive Mhango as a gift.
Dukuduku Makhanya, a former Orlando Pirates striker, believes his former club made the right decision by extending the contract of Malawian attacker Gabadinho Mhango for a second season.
In spite of the fact that Mhango has only appeared in six games for Pirates this season, his future with the club is no longer in doubt following his outstanding performance at the Africa Cup Of Nations.
This season, the club has already exercised a one-year option on the 29-year-old forward's contract.
Makhanya claims his previous squad was aware that the striker could have ended up in the wrong hands if he were to be released at this time.
"For me, this one is too complicated since we're talking about a guy who's been at the club for a long time but hasn't been utilized for a variety of reasons, including a lack of discipline," Makhanya says to the source.
"Whatever you do outside of the field will be associated with the club in some way. Yes, he is extremely gifted, and he is one of the players about whom we have been vocal in our dissatisfaction with his lack of playing time.
"At the African Nations Championship, he's enjoying a rest and scoring some spectacular goals. And this fueled the hype, which in turn made Pirates management realize they were playing with fire when it came to the team's talent.
"They came to the realization that there might be some interested buyers as well. He is not intended to be given away as a free gift because the Pirates purchased him. They are interested in the return on their investment.
"The player in question is extremely skilled, which means that he will always have more qualified suitors eager to take him under their wing.
"When he becomes available, Ikhosi (of the Kaizer Chiefs) will seize the opportunity to capture him. When it comes to that, they are not to be trifled with. They will wait for your contract to expire before grabbing you. Following his performance at the AFCON, Mhango may find himself with suitors from as far away as France or Belgium. Moreover, the Pirates stand to gain from the transaction," he added.
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