Under-20 Young Warriors assistant coach Mandla Mpofu has been appointed assistant to Adam Ndlovu at Castle Lager Premiership side Chicken Inn for the 2012 football season.
Ndlovu, who took over as caretaker coach at the Drumstick Special Boys after Philani “Beefy” Ncube was sent on leave for poor results, officially takes over as head coach with former player Philip Jambaya, who also played for AmaZulu and Railstars, coming in as manager after Dumisani “Savimbi” Nyoni’s contract was not renewed.
Chicken Inn chairman Lifa Ncube yesterday said it was now official that the club had parted ways with Beefy and they did not renew Nyoni’s contract.
“We have parted ways with Beefy and we did not renew Nyoni’s contract which expired at the end of December,” Ncube said.
Ncube said the club’s executive committee was still finalising on some aspects in the technical department and could not be drawn to make categorical confirmations on the new appointment.
However, sources close to the goings-on at Chicken Inn said captain and veteran Skhumbuzo “China” Banda might be roped into the technical department.
Ndlovu was tasked to approach three coaches and one of his favourites to sit with on the bench was Mpofu, who reportedly signed a one-year contract with Chicken Inn.
Chicken Inn ended their maiden season last year on position eight in the Castle Lager Premiership log standings and have a chance to participate in this year’s BancABC Sup8r Cup.
They started preparations for the 2012 season at Gifford High School yesterday under the watchful eyes of the new technical department.
Ndlovu took over from Beefy with three matches remaining in the league last year and won two matches.
Beefy’s departure followed a 2-1 loss to a 10-man Black Mambas at Luveve Stadium and the official word since then had been that Ncube, who won the 2008 Coach of the Year Award was on leave.