There has been a major shake-up at struggling Bantu Rovers as director of coaching Methembe “Mayor” Ndlovu has been relieved of his duties, NewsDay can reveal.
Ndlovu is a Zifa board member (development).
The reliable source Tuesday told NewsDay that Ndlovu however remains the president of the club, a decision that was arrived at by the Bantu Rovers’ executive committee after a marathon meeting that started on Monday and continued Tuesday.
“Methembe has been dropped from the position of coaching and he will not be sitting on the bench as he did before.
This has been the decision of the executive after a series of meetings that were held concerning the performance of the team and the technical team,” the source said.
Gift Lunga (snr) remains the head coach and so does manager Wonder Mpofu.
Lunga will be assisted by former juniors coach Melusi Sibanda while another former Highlanders star, Netsai “Super” Moyo is understood to have been appointed chief operations officer last month.
“Gift remains at the helm of the coaching department and will be assisted by juniors’ coach Melusi Sibanda. Wonder (Mpofu) has been retained as manager and Super was appointed manager last month,” the source said.
It had always been a surprise to many why there were too many faces on the Bantu Rovers bench during their matches and the structural changes might bring hope to the Tshintsha Guluva supporters as their team has won only one match in 14 games.
In recent games, Mayor, Lunga, Sibanda, Mpofu and earlier Moyo all sat on the bench and one was forced to believe in the old adage: Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Tshintsha Guluva’s secretary Wilbert Sibanda chose to be diplomatic about the development saying: “Ndlovu has not been relieved of his duties but was tied up elsewhere and would be available for advice.”
Ndlovu was even conspicuous by his absence at training at Hartsfield Stadium where Sibanda came to make announcements of the new appointments.
He said Ndlovu remains the club’s president.
“There has been a slight change to the technical department and Gift Lunga is now fully in charge of the senior team. Moxe (Ndlovu) has been tied up somewhere and he will only be available for advice.
“Gift will be in charge of training and the bench and Moxe will assist in the development of the juniors while concentrating on his presidency of the club,” Sibanda said.
He said the decision was arrived at by the Bantu management committee which comprised of chairman Sihlangu Dlodlo, vice-chairman Themba Ndlovu, Sibanda and Netsai Moyo whom the secretary said was appointed the club’s chief operating officer.
Sibanda said the resolution also came after the management listened to its multitudes of supporters.
Efforts to get a comment from Ndlovu, who did not attend the meetings, were fruitless as his mobile phone was not reachable for the better part of the day.
Bantu Rovers, who bought Mutare’s Eastern Lions franchise last year to gain entry into the Premiership, have fared badly in league this year, anchoring the log after playing 14 matches and only getting six points from a solitary win and three draws.