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Mhango must fight for his place in Pirates line-up, says Davids

It looks like Orlando Pirates fans will have to wait a little longer to see Gabadinho Mhango back in action for the club, following his outstanding performance for Malawi at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon recently.

The target poacher, who scored three goals for the Flames in Cameroon, has sidelined the Bucs side in the last three games, with the team recording two wins and a draw.

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His omission from the roster has raised many questions among the club’s supporters, who would like to see the 29-year-old replicate his Afcon feats in a Bucs jersey.

As Bucs prepares to take on Libyan club Al-Ittihad in the Café Confederation Cup Group B clash on Sunday at the Martyrs Of February stadium in Libya. The club’s supporters will be on the lookout for Mhango’s name. However, co-coach Fadlu Davids says Mhango will have to fight for his place in the line-up just like any other player.

“I think this is not the time to go into why this one isn’t playing and why it isn’t playing, because there are a lot of players who are not in the roster. You can mention Tshegofatso Mabasa, you can mention Ntsiki Nyauza who comes back from his illness, and there are a lot of players. Tebogo Tlolane, who is back from injury, is available. There are a lot of players fighting for their place,” said Davids.

“The players on the field in the starting lineup are looking over their shoulder as these players keep pushing them. That’s what you want in the team and we urge all our players on our squad for it. They are all still available for Orlando Pirates and they are all going to come into play. At the moment they have to work hard to get into the squad and if they get the chance we hope they can take the baton and do better than the players who are playing now.”

This will be Pirates’ second game in the group after a 2-0 win against Algerian JS Saoura in their group stage match, while the Libyan will only play his first game at this stage of the competition.

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