Former Warriors coach and Black Mambas technical director Madinda Ndlovu has made a return to Botswana where he has joined ex-FC Platinum coach Rahman Gumbo’s be-Mobile Premier Soccer League team Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
An impeccable source in Botswana yesterday told NewsDay Sport the nomadic Ndlovu started duty at Mochudi on Monday after the club settled for him following an annual general meeting (AGM) that was held on Saturday.
The source was, however, not privy to the details of Ndlovu’s contract with the Selebi-Phikwe-based club.
The source said Ndlovu arrived in Botswana on Sunday when the deal was sealed and began duty the following day.
“Madinda is now at Mochudi and he started on Monday. The deal was concluded on Sunday when the coach arrived. That was after the club held the AGM on Saturday,” the source said.
Efforts to get a comment from Mochudi’s communications manager Clifford Mogomotsi on Ndlovu’s appointment were fruitless as his mobile phone was not reachable.
However, a few weeks back after media reports in Botswana linked Ndlovu to Mochudi, Mogomotsi told this publication that the club had not made any official announcement on their new coach since Gumbo’s departure.
Gumbo left Mochudi at the end of the 2010-11 season and returned home to join Premiership debutants FC Platinum as head coach following the death of Benjamin Moyo.
Mochudi ended the season on position two after Township Rollers who also claimed the title under Gumbo in the 2009-11 be-Mobile season.
The source said former Highlanders midfielder Marshall Machazane, who had joined Kiglon Bird in Harare, had also moved to Mochudi.
“Marshall Machazane is also here with Madinda,” the source said from Selebi-Phikwe.
It’s not Ndlovu’s first time at the be-Mobile Premier Soccer League as he has been with Township Rollers, Nico United and Motlakase Power Dynamos before.
The cash rich be-Mobile league is set to start on 6 August.
Last week Ndlovu confirmed his departure from troubled local side Black Mambas, saying the team sponsors Twalumba Holdings, who had seconded him to the club, had withdrawn their funding from the club and hence he was also pulled out.
It was not immediately clear last night if Ndlovu had also quit Twalumba.
Another Zimbabwean, Zachariah Muzadzi, who played for Mochudi, is an assistant coach at the club.
Max “Malume” Moyo is also another Zimbabwean coach in Botswana with Extension Gunners and ended the 2010-11 be-Mobile season pegged on position 11 and also won the Coca-Cola Cup.
Veteran former Hwange coach Paul Moyo of Tafic ended the season perched on position nine while Clever Hunda with Police XI was on position 10 at the end of the season.
Former Highlanders coach Barry Daka parted ways with Police XI in March last year claiming he was leaving football to spend time with his family amid allegations that he left due to a string of poor results.
Daka was, however, the man behind the first team from the north of Botswana, Ecco City, to lift the championship in 2007.
Another Zimbabwean mentor and former Warriors midfielder Paul Gundani, who has since relocated back home, had a stint with be-Mobile side Nico United in 2009.
He is now the secretary-general of the Football Union of Zimbabwe, which looks into the welfare of players in the country.