Mhango dumps FCP for Zam­bian war­riors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

IN­DUS­TRI­OUS de­fen­sive mid­fielder Win­ston Mhango has joined Zam­bian side Kabwe War­riors, just a month after play­ing a piv­otal role in in­spir­ing Zim­bab­wean cham­pi­ons FC Plat­inum to their se­cond cons ecut ive Premier Soc­cer League ti­tle.

T h e 3 0 - y e a r - old, who es­tab­lished him­self as a vi­tal cog at FC Plat­inum, play­ing the most league games in their 2018 cam­paign, told Chron­i­cle Sport from his new Zam­bia base that he has signed a twoyear con­tract with the Zam­bia Rail­ways pow­ered club.

Mhango, the 2016 Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer Star of the Year fi­nal­ist re­unites with ex-Hwange and FC Plat­inum coach Ten­ant Chilumba at Kabwe. It was Chilumba who lured Mhango from Hwange to FC Plat­inum in 2013 and when the Zam­bian gaffer de­cided to dump the plat­inum min­ers six months into his con­tract to join Power Dy­namos in his home­land, Mhango went on to es­tab­lish him­self as a vi­tal cog at FC Plat­inum. Mhango, whose con­tract with FC Plat­inum ex­pires next week on Mon­day said Kabwe’s of­fer was ir­re­sistible. “Look, I’m at the twi­light of my ca­reer and I had to con­sider what Kabwe were of­fer­ing me which I thought was a gen­er­ous of­fer. I’ll be hon­est, coach Ten­ant Chilumba who took me to FC Plat­inum in 2013 con­vinced me to work with him again. Even though Kabwe War­riors are not par­tic­i­pat­ing at con­ti­nen­tal club com­pe­ti­tions, it’s not a bad move for me con­sid­er­ing what has been tabled. On the other hand, l ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing that l learnt from the FC Plat­inum, from the tech­ni­cal team, ex­ec­u­tive, play­ers and not for­get­ting the sup­port­ers dur­ing my six years in Zvisha­vane. I truly value all the sup­port and love,” said Mhango.

Dur­ing his stay in Zvisha­vane, Mhango man­aged to win among some of the sil­ver­ware the Chibuku Su­per Cup and two Premier Soc­cer League ti­tles.

The for­mer Hwange mid­fielder is hop­ing to have a mem­o­rable time in Zam­bia.

His de­par­ture from FC Plat­inum will hardly af­fect the side as they have a num­ber of ex­pe­ri­enced de­fen­sive mid­field­ers to fill Mhango’s void.

For­mer na­tional team player Devon Chafa, Kelvin Madz­ingwe, Ed­win Mad­hananga and newly signed 24-year-old Rain­some Pavari who joined the Zvisha­vane side from rel­e­gated Bulawayo City are ca­pa­ble of pro­vid­ing cover for de­fence.

Mhango’s last game for FC Plat­inum was at the be­gin­ning of the month when they drew 1-1 against Mada­gas­car’s CNaps in the first leg of the first round CAF Cham­pi­ons League pre­lim­i­nary round.

Upon the re­turn from Mada­gas­car, Mhango left the club to con­clude his deal in Zam­bia, miss­ing out the re­turn fix­ture as well as the two games against Congo’s AS Otoho.

FC Plat­inum spokesper­son, Chido Chi­zondo said: “He (Mhango) hasn’t in­formed the club of his plans. As you know, he was also reg­is­tered for the Caf Cham­pi­ons League. We’re wait­ing to hear from him. His con­tract ex­pires on 31 De­cem­ber”. — @ZililoR

Win­ston Mhango

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