Orapa United head coach, Madinda Ndlovu is eager to hear from his former team, Township Rollers about the possibility of returning to the Mma Masire based side, reports suggest. The Zimbabwean national, would find it hard to resist another serious offer to become Township Rollers mentor for the second time.
However, the team’s management is taking their time and have rather chosen to procrastinate about making Ndlovu head coach again. Other reports suggest that Ndlovu has already met with Rollers’ chief financier, Jagdish Shah some two weeks ago. The details of the meeting have been kept under wraps, but sources have told this publication that Shah and Ndlovu are in good books and the tycoon prefers him (Ndlovu) to lead the team.
Meanwhile, Mark Harrison is still Rollers head coach, and management has yet to finalise the decision of whether to replace Harrison with Ndlovu. The former has so far failed to coax a winning formula for the team. Though it is said a number of individuals claiming to represent the Shah led club have enquired about Ndlovu to poll his interest in the position, all enquiries have been deflected.
Ndlovu on the other hand is believed to be waiting for senior members of the Rollers hierarchy to make serious contact. Those close to him say the Zimbabwean has resolved to say nothing publicly until he knows Rollers' intentions. He would, however, be disappointed if there is no approach, with reports further saying the Orapa life is not interesting to him.
Having won league titles with two big clubs in the country, Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Township Rollers, and a top 8 cup with Orapa United, Ndlovu’s stock, without doubt, has risen. He has signed a contract extension with United, but reports say, if need be, Rollers’ purse can buy him out of his contract. While at Rollers, Ndlovu, just like Harrison, attained A license coaching certificate.
According to reports, Ndlovu believes he could extract the best from Rollers squad, regularly labelled country-class; despite rarely delivering performances to match this for most of this season. He has also worked with few players at both Orapa United and Rollers and is said to be confident that his preparatory methods and tactical intelligence would have an immediate impact.
Though he has labelled coaching as 'a thankless job', Madinda regards a new challenge with former club as an exceptional case, sources claim. “It's special because it is one of his former teams,' said one of his closest confidants.
“Normally you have to return to one of your former clubs when you are older, but with this Rollers side, there is a different motivation, different players. It is a special club with a special culture of football. He would welcome the chance to speak to Rollers about this job,” the friend further revealed. The Rollers squad is one of the most expensive in this country. Although a large chunk of the blame is thrown on the side of the coach, issues of bonuses and player favouritism are evidently putting the club on the back foot.
Ndlovu has twice won the premier league title with Mochudi Centre Chiefs. He left the club under a cloud, crossing to rivals Township Rollers. At the first time of asking in 2013-14 at Rollers, Ndlovu remarkably won the league with them. As things stand, his team Orapa United tops the league standings as they are seeking to mount a serious challenge for more silverware. He is expected to steward them in the CAF competitions, and should he move back to Rollers, a similar assignment awaits him.
Orapa United is said to be worried about the recent speculation but have chosen to keep quite unless prompted to speak. The same move is adopted by Rollers. But Madinda when contacted downplayed every report that links him to Rollers. ‘‘I know nothing about Rollers interest in me, actually i am happy with Orapa United,’’ he said.
The intention to bring back Ndlovu will mean Harrison’s nomadic life in coaching continues.
Harrison was the goalkeeper coach of Everton before becoming coach and assistant manager of Barrow, and later player-manager of Stafford Rangers and then the reserve coach and assistant manager of Oxford United in the Championship league. Interestingly, he gained his UEFA A license at the young age of 33. He later had a spell as coach of the Bangladesh national football team
Harrison then went on to manage Fortune in the South African NFD and later Hurriya in the Maldives. He was employed to assist Mpumalanga Black Aces in the South African Premier Soccer League in 2011. He was promoted to head coach position for the remainder of the 2010–11 season, but parted with the club at the end of the campaign. He went on to coach African Warriors in the National First Division
Harrison took up the job as head coach of Bay Stars, in South Africa's third tier, the SAFA Second Division in the 2012-13 season. However, he left during the season to join Chippa United. He was appointed head coach of Chippa United in April 2013 but despite never losing a game, was unable to prevent the team from being relegated at the end of the 2012–13 season.
He resigned from his position after four games in the 2013–14 season and became head coach of Golden Arrows on 7 October 2013. In January 2015 he was appointed head coach of Zimbabwean club, CAPS United. Harrison resigned on 16 June 2015, the same day he was announced as the head coach of Township Rollers.
A study conducted by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), has revealed that a turnaround strategy is needed to make an elite league body, Botswana Premier League (BPL), a profitable entity.
The study piloted in June and completed in December of last year, depicts a picture of possible improvement where a total of 16 premier league clubs were examined and studied on how they conduct their football related businesses.
It comes out that 54% of premier league club revenue streams are from general sponsorship while a paltry 2% is generated from gate takings. A further 11% of profit is from broadcasting rights and that remains abnormal in a game that should be well known to be propelled by rich television agreement worldwide.
Moreover, BDF XI, Gilport Lions, Extension Gunners, Miscellaneous, Morupule Wanderers , BR Highlanders, Police XI and Prisons XI have all demonstrated a heavy reliance and dependence on sponsors, prices and monthly grants, while the quartet of Jwaneng Galaxy, Orapa United, Township Rollers and Gaborone United have all managed to source revenue streams outside the common and well known sponsor outlets.
Of all the 16 premier league clubs, Jwaneng Galaxy emerges as the top club that is able to attract moneyed sponsors. The study shows that the Jwaneng outfit rakes about P 5 million in sponsorship revenues, followed by their ‘rival brothers’ Orapa United who receive an approximation of P 3 million per football season.
The two clubs are at the fore front because of the footsteps and presence of Debswana in their leadership radar.Coming third is Security Systems whose purse get around P 2.5M from the parent company, GU is on fourth spot at around P 1.5M. Township Rollers is on a distant fifth position with about P 1M per season of individual sponsorship.
The rest of the clubs receive services in kind such as accommodation, playing kits, training kits, fuel and water and soft drinks. This further underlines the struggle to make profit as footballing team in the elite league, the study highlights.
However, from the report, it emerges that only Township Rollers has the capacity to make profit from a good football season. Much of the club revenues are from the sale of its replica jerseys. The club as powered by Jagdish Shah sells about 3000 replicas at a value of P 350 000.It is the only club that sells merchandise from sport chain stores (Studio 88) and according to the report, it is a reliable indicator that shows fans engagement level with the club.
While it emerges from this study that ticketing revenue has a low weight on club’s revenues varying from 2-9% depending on the club, Rollers again is the only club making profit from this front.
But to further underscore the issue of lack of business sense in the elite league, it comes to the fore that there is low fan attendance per home game and this is the major cause of low ticketing revenue.
Gunners however top the table, averaging a total of 5000 supporters per game. Gunners is followed by Rollers at 4000 followers while Miscellaneous comes third with 1700 fans per home game. On average, it shows that 75% of clubs have a fan base while the remaining 25% have absolute nothing.
The report further indicates that many of Botswana’s elite clubs are experiencing financial difficulties because of the model of ownership. “Clubs legal entity form is not homogenous and 25% of them are owned by the government,” the report shows.
The report therefore recommends that clubs should standardized ownership models as this will lose dependency on government.“Furthermore, legal conditions will be the same for all clubs and transparency of the BPL will be enhanced,” the report curtailed.
However, BFA says it knows nothing about the report but one member of the executive committee says the association is addressing all problems bedevilling Botswana’s game.
The member is adamant that all administrative loopholes of the game will be resolved and it is why FIFA project time for change is still on going at regional level.
8 – Numbers of clubs that make financial losses 4 – Clubs do not depend on gate takings 1 – club is self-sustaining
Nikola Kavazovic, Township Rollers’ pragmatic Head Coach, is said to have scuppered a move that was to see Botswana international Magokolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele joining the club in this football calendar.
Instead, the player proceeded to join Limpopo province based outfit, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila F.C. carrying a long face.
It is reported that Shah, the club’s investor, had wanted to sign the left footed midfielder to bolster an attacking front but Kavazovic flatly refused to sanction the move, adding that his squad is solid and strong even without Tsotso Ngele.
According to reports, Ngele was to be offered a contract with a salary scale of P 40 000. Shah believed, and still holds the same view, that Ngele’s name is a powerhouse that was to further market the team and increase its brand awareness in Botswana’s business community.
However, Kavazovic is said to have told some members of the technical team that it is always difficult to coach and manage players who are favoured by Shah.
Ngele is reported to be nostalgic and would want to play for a home team in the stature of Rollers. As things stand, he is not enjoying his stay at Thohoyandou and it explains why his appearances at the club are an oddity.
Ngele had a successful season with Roller in 2012 where he won the Mascom Top 8 Cup under Mike Sithole. He was expected to be guided by Kavazovic to help mount a serious challenge for this year’s silver ware.
Rollers on its own have reshuffled their attacking options over a period of time, losing darling striker Joel Mogorosi to Gaborone United while another robust striker Teenage Orebonye was poached by clubs abroad.
Before the arrival of Kavazovic, Rollers’ technical team bitterly complained last season about the lack of productivity from their attackers but they hoped that the ever-consistent Edwin Moalosi and Ngele, aided perhaps by Segolame who remains in the books, can fire an upturn.
All the while, it is said Ngele will still force his move to Popa and there is hope that his personality and experience will eventually serve to inspire the rest of the attacking options, most notably the younger players like Kago Monyake.
Rollers have always sought to have leaders in their squad, players who have won big games and can bolster the collective belief. Their signing of Mogorosi few seasons ago was rooted, in part, by what he could bring away from the field.
Rollers still wish that Ngele could cut his stay and further negotiate with Kavazovic to sign the player and bring a country wide spread inspiration and determination he possessed after carrying the club to its inaugural top 8 edition in 2012.
That year he won the golden boot playing as a second striker. When he left Rollers, we went straight to command a starting line up with Platinum Stars. A year later, he won the Telkom knockout player of the tournament.
Some members within Rollers fold argue that Shah knew right from the start that he was not going to be able to control Kavazovic and his wishes of signing Tsotso might as well disappear on the furthest horizon.
Remnant of the historic Africa Cup of Nations squad of 2012, Mogakolodi ‘Tsotso’ Ngele and Botswana’s first-choice goal keeper, Kabelo Dambe, will never embody the future of the Zebras as long as Adel Amrouche is at the helm, WeekendSport has established.
The duo made this confession in the squad secret WhatsApp group seen by this publication, expressing concern and antipathy about playing for the squad heavily polarised by the coach.
It turns out that the coach has players he favours and prefers, many of who appear in the starting line-up as a long lasting promise to be signed under his stable. The aim is to ultimately recruit them to far flung clubs and earn a commission.
Ngele who remains the only player to have scored the Zebras goal (in open play) at the 2012 edition has endured a rocky affair with the coach.
Not much has been established as to why the affair is in tatters but sources claim that it stretched to a point where Amrouche confronted Ngele’s former coaches at Black Leopards to discuss possible options of side-lining him. The idea was to frustrate the player and kill his confidence as the only player Zebras looked up to.
Ngele, under former coach Peter Butler, was named the squad captain but under Amrouche, he has played cameo roles in World Cup and AFCON qualifiers. Ngele has made three appearances and came once as a substitute in all the 10 games Amrouche managed.
Ngele was hoping for his own great leap forward in an effort to end his nightmare and play for the Zebras especially after earning playing time with his new club, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.
Do this day, Ngele has made more than 35 appearances for the Zebras since earning his debut in 2009. Away from The Zebras stage, Ngele made significant contributions at Platinum Stars, the first team he signed his professional contract with. In 67 games, he scored 19 times.
Amrouche’s insistency and promise to make a loud impact in this year’s qualifiers did not bear fruit. Part of the blame is shoved on Township Rollers stopper, Kabelo Dambe. He is accused to have failed to stand strong for Zebras and shipped in simpler goals that cost the team to book a flight to Cameroon next year.
A goal against Algeria on home soil and a goal by Zimbabwe last month could have never gone through had he positioned himself better, critics claim.
Dambe who has more than 44 caps and played all Zebras games under Amrouche feels hard done and had hoped the coach and the nation would protect him. He feels the ambition of the country to qualify mirrors a tomorrow that could never come because of his mistakes.
Botswana Football Association (BFA) General Manager of National Teams, Monnakgotla Mojaki when pressed for interview failed to provide details about the future of the two stars.
He expressed concern that he was never hands on when the squad played the qualifiers. This according to Mojaki, was the case because the coach had barred him from mingling with the players.
“I am sorry I cannot assist you with anything, I know nothing and remember I have not spoken to anybody since I was asked not to come to camp,” he shared.
Both Dambe and Ngele are not only equally unhappy but are also equal in age; both are 30 years and have played for Platinum Stars at one point in their careers.
However, there is information to the effect that the duo made a promise to return one day, and that is when the coach has parted company with the association.