Gaborone United management is reported have agreed a new deal with former Township Rollers head coach Nikola Kavazovic, to succeed Zimbabwean gaffer Madinda Ndlovu, who recently collapsed at the club training grounds.
Kavazovic will lead the club for the rest of the season. Ndlovu was, last week diagnosed with stroke, at Gaborone Private Hospital, but is said to be recuperating. He too, had signed a one year contract with GU.The team that is powered by construction magnate Nicholas Zakhem, was eager to quickly fill the gap left by Ndlovu and convinced Kavazovic to take reins for the season remainder. It is said that nothing could have stopped Zakhem from signing Kavazovic even though some were divided on the way forward.
The club’s secret courting of this Serbian mentor in the aftermath of the fall of controversial yet talented Ndlovu is now into the open but there remains the possibility that the two coaches may work together as GU seeks to traverse the redemption road. Kavazovic, who won two titles with Township Rollers two seasons ago, was seen and photographed attending GU’s mid-week game against BDF XI at Molepolole Stadium.
The possibility that GU, currently fifth in the Premier League table, may mount a serious challenge for this year’s title championship, has been mooted as a potential encouragement to Kavazovic’s return. While that would have serious and or little implications for the club's attempts to balance the books where finances are rarely an issue, sources close to the negotiations have said that Kavazovic is actually encouraged to join the side in order to wrestle the title from swash buckling Rollers. Indeed, he considers it an even greater challenge as Rollers are his former employers.
Nevertheless, GU is cautioned to handle the matter with the seriousness it deserves. Principal among other concerns is the amount of power he would be permitted to wield at Moyagoleele while GU will be also mindful of Ndlovu’s running contract. However, it is said the club will continue to pay Ndlovu until his contract comes to and end.
The sudden fall out he had with Rollers management of course turned a few heads, although he did not want to admit it at the time, he was equally frustrated. And if he is to resurface at GU, Kavazovic would have to accept the existing structure in place at these clubs particularly that little has changed after his departure.
It remains to be seen whether the coach will now accept the GU hierarchy beyond this season, despite the acceptance that further significant squad strengthening will take place in the next coming transfer window. Reinforcements however have been made in the central defense and with the addition of a back-up goalkeeper. The club has also signed striker Joel Mogorosi, who played a pivotal role during Kavazovic‘s glory days at Rollers. Mogorosi is seen as a leader who can inspire a collective confidence in a club that is in pursuit of championship.
Ndlovu, before his untimely stroke, coached Township Rollers, Mochudi Center Chiefs and Orapa United. In each of these clubs, he left a lasting impression, winning silverware. Attempts to reach GU communication’s desk proved futile, with reports that the club management is in a lengthy discussions with Kavazovic’s matter.
Athletics is one of the sporting activities that for many years has been consistently performing extremely well in international competitions. One of the reasons is the availability of qualified and experienced coaches, who have been working tirelessly on the ground to ensure that they scout talent and develop more athletes.
For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.