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Madinda faces player revolt

Publishing Date : 06 November, 2017


Award winning Orapa United head Coach, Madinda Ndlovu is reported to be battling players’ revolt from his expensively assembled team, a move that risks his dismissal just 7 games into the new season.

Orapa United has had the worst start ever under the tutelage of the Zimbabwean gaffer, winning only 3 games and recording the same number of loses. It is still early days, but they sit 5th on the BTC log standings, 11 points behind run away leaders Township Rollers.
This development arises in a season that Orapa United management expects Ndlovu to pull a new leaf and complete an often difficult task of bringing the coveted BTC premiership title to the diamond mining town, for the first time ever.

Contacted by this publication, the former Mochudi Center Chiefs mentor said, “winning the league with Orapa United is not a problem, but what worries me, though not much is that there is congestion of fixtures.” Reports within United squad however appear to slide Ndlovu’s dreams on a downward spiral. He is said to have lost control of the dressing room and some of the senior players are said to be carrying ‘fake’ injuries.

When interviewed, Orapa United media liaison, Kabo William said the team will be shortly investigating this purported player’s mutiny. “We are to conduct an investigation to determine whether it is true that players are rebelling against the coach or there is something else that has direct impact on our team’s results,” he explained. To worsen the situation, speculation is rife that United is eyeing Mike Sithole of Jwaneng Galaxy to replace Madinda Ndlovu who signed a new two year contract just weeks before the beginning of the season.

However, United media link has out rightly dismissed such reports as manufactured news. Sacking Madinda will come at a hefty prize, and equally, Sithole’s bargaining power has remarkably risen particularly after winning the top 8 cup, a factor that will force the club management to pay more. Ndlovu has made few new signing to bolster his squad that fell one match short from defending the top 8 cup last season. He has led former Nico United anchorman Moreetsi Nakata to the exit door and replaced him with Tapiwa Nyamandjiva.

Former Township Rollers speedy winger Kobamele Kebaikanye has been recruited as well, but one significant change is the movement of the armband from the ever reliable defender Thabang Mosige to the industrious midfielder Tendai Nyumasi. Ndlovu is known as a fighter, and often time get what he set his eyes on, nut when results are not coming, he is never shy admit a loss. He did exactly this whilst still at Rollers, tendering a resignation letter when things fell apart.



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