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Ndlovu resurfaces at Gunners

Publishing Date : 04 December, 2017


Madinda Ndlovu will resurface at Extension Gunners as new head coach after negotiations over him succeeding Itumeleng Duiker ensued midweek, WeekendSport has learnt.

The former Orapa United gaffer, who was expelled 7 games into the new season, is expected to return from a mini holiday and is set to meet Lobatse high ranking management to finalize a contract that will not run beyond a period of 2 years, sources have claimed.  While it is also reported that Zimbabwean mentor has held talks with diamond oufit, Jwaneng Galaxy, it looks certain that Ndlovu will sign with Peleng outfit. The name of Beston Chambesi has emerged at Jwaneng, a development that forced Ndlovu to look elsewhere. Reports further mention that Ndlovu goes to Lobatse with knowledge that the Zambian Federation is not ready to lose its coach to Botswana outfits.

Chambesi has been the national coach of Zambia Under 20 team, which showed a spirited fight at the last edition of the Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations. Ndlovu is highly likely to carry his long-time assistant Zacharia Mudzadzi down south to help revive the fortunes of Gunners.  Mudzadzi will not however become the club’ assistant coach owing to the demands of club licensing which state that a foreign coach be assisted by a local.

Before Ndlovu ‘s talks with Galaxy collapsed, there was speculation that either Oris Radipotsane or Tiiso Gadimang will ascend to the second top post of Galaxy technical bench. Radipotsane, regarded as the most nomadic coach, is managing Serowe based outfit Miscellaneous after the departure of Chico Nare to Orapa United.  Radipotsane, otherwise known as Boyo remains adorable at Jwaneng after leading the club back into the premier league in the 2013-14 season. Gadimang is with Sankoyo Bush Bucks, and he was the man at helm when the Maun based outfit was promoted in the same season with Galaxy. It is said, the refusal by Madinda to work with Gadimang has actually led to the collapse.

Duiker’s position grew more precarious once the team started losing many players without a trace or a reason. As such, numbers of supporters started to dwindle during the games. There was also general belief that the local mentor was growing pompous particularly that he was asked to lead a club without desired milestones.

After failing to stage a convincing comeback to win the Mascom Top 8 quarter final first leg against Gaborone United, the board was convinced that Duiker had run his race and was no longer the man for the club. Further, he had run a dismal campaign for league honours this season.  Also, his constant complaining about this season's transfer buys and the inability to play interesting football in the squad were all telling factors in the club's decision to approach Ndlovu.

Gunners are attracted to the Zimbabwean because of his impressive stewarding of the Orapa diamond club the past two seasons, where he won the Top 8 cup the first time of asking, and also falling at the last hurdle of the same tournament last season. By all accounts, Ndlovu is players' coach, described as humble and possessing the ability to man-manage players to keep them onside and coax winning displays from them.



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