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Orapa appoints ex Chiefs mentor

Publishing Date : 08 January, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Orapa United has reportedly appointed former Mochudi Centre Chiefs gaffer, Bongani Mafu on a two year deal during which he is expected to mount a serious come back for title challenge as well as winning the top 8 tournament.


The move is considered to be a last resort for the team who had been trying to coax another former Centre Chiefs coach, Beston Chambesi, who is said to have been offered a plum offer to continue coaching his country’s national Under 20 team.  


Information reaching WeekendSport is to the effect that the new coach was introduced to Orapa United players on Thursday this week-the same day his contract commenced. Mafu’s appointment ended a two months speculation on who would lead the club to glory after award winning coach; Mandida Ndlovu failed to deliver on his promises. The team needed a coach who would turn around the club’s fortunes and up its performance.


Mafu’s appointment as head coach effectively means caretaker coach; Daniel ‘Chico Dance’ Nare assumes the role of assistant coach. The team is expected to make an announcement of the developments any time soon along with other information that the management acted on for the best interest of the club.


Mafu is expected to coax a winning formula for Orapa United, and also inject fresh ideas and enthusiasm to a club that has arguably assembled talented players.  However, the appointment of Mafu is already attracting country wide criticism and serious doubt because he too struggled at Centre Chiefs and has no notable reputation his football history.


While Orapa United were desperate to move quickly after sacking Ndlovu and, with few alternatives, Mafu’s immediate availability has counted strongly in his favour. They were not prepared to countenance a long wait to prise away Chambesi from Zambia, information suggests.


Mafu will have ample time over the international break to prepare for his first game, and he will be given a chance to earn a lengthier stay at Orapa if he impresses. The former Chiefs coach must prove that he is still capable of succeeding in the top flight of Botswana football after staying for a short stint with Magosi last season.


United also believes that Mafu was placed in an impossible position at Centre Chiefs, who are still struggling to return to their glory. They regard him as a safe pair of hands and trust he has not lost the skill that opened doors for him in the Botswana football spectrum. Mafu finds the club in dire need of great organisation. United has struggled considerably this season and have conceded silly goals even during Nare’s era as the caretaker coach.


Ndlovu who has already signed contract with Highlanders FC at his native country Zimbabwe was a popular figure at Orapa United, who appointed him as Maxwell Moyo’s replacement in the summer of 2015. The former Township Rollers and Centre Chiefs mentor enjoyed an impressive debut season, leading United to championship glory of their maiden Mascom top 8 tournament.

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