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Ndlovu limps as Orapa coach

Publishing Date : 13 November, 2017


Madinda Ndlovu’s tenure as Orapa United head coach might come to an abrupt end should he fail to defend his case in seven days time.

WeekendSport has it on good authority that the coach was hauled over red coals on Wednesday evening and that the Orapa United Executive Committee gave him exactly 7 days to show why he should continue to lead the team this season and beyond. He has a running two year contract signed early this year in May. Sources close to developments have hinted to WeekendSport that the Exco could not pin on him anything concrete as the award winning coach was crying uncontrollably the entire time of the meeting.

The outspoken coach has recently lost control of his dressing room and back room staff and as a result failed to put out impressive results with the team. The animosity, sources say, was fuelled by the coach‘s decision to pick midfielder and fellow country man, Tendai Nyumasi as the team‘s captain leaving the long serving Thabang Mosige in the lurch.

According to those close to the situation, this has led Ndlovu into a terrain now difficult to maneuver. He begun to fall out of favour 4 games into the new season, and when the team played the 7th game, players were reported to be faking injuries mainly to frustrate their mentor. Although not proudly maintained, United is believed to be readying to get rid of Ndlovu while both Justin Chambeshi and Daniel Nare are secretly sounded as possible replacements. Chambesi, once led both Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs to cup glory. Nare is the former Extension Gunners coach who now spearheads Serowe based Miscellaneous Sporting Club.

It is for the second time his name is heard within Orapa United boardrooms. The first time was during the off season period when he was reportedly earmarked to join the club as its technical director. Nare and Ndlovu could not be reached for comment as both their phones rang without answers at the time of going to print. United media liaison Kabo Williams could only confirm to this publication that Ndlovu was still the club’s head coach. “Ndlovu is still our coach, I do not know anything beyond that, but the truth is, he has not been sacked,” he said.

The possibility of Nare returning to competitive coaching, where he had short fractious spells with premier league clubs would still galvanise the support. The former Extension Gunners team coach has not declared his intention to go further north but the fact that the April/May rumours have returned could mean a grand plan is being hatched. However, while the relationship between Orapa United owners and the coaches is always a key factor, Nare who is reported to be ahead of Chambesi is likely to seek assurances he would be granted complete control on footballing matters, including transfer policy, if he is allowed to drive the team.

But characteristically and as it is always the case with United, Williams downplays reports about Nare is being prepared to take the baton from Ndlovu. While recent results have made Ndlovu’s looming departure inevitable, with United placed 6th in the league and 13 points behind defending Champions Township Rollers, there is intense frustration among the hierarchy and on the part of the players which appears to play a role in the team's downfall.



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