Lovemore Dube Senior Sports Editor
FORMER Highlanders FC captain and four local league titles winner, Bekithemba Ndlovu has refused to be drawn into the Kelvin Kaindu departure debate.
He says the club is going through a lean spell, something they could soon be out of, if they get the right chord. Ndlovu says luck could be another key ingredient to the recipe for the club to turn a new leaf.
In an interview yesterday afternoon, Ndlovu said he would not talk on behalf of Kaindu, but would be happy to see the club do well.
“I’ll not talk about Kaindu. We worked well together and I’ll always be a Highlanders son who wishes it the best of luck all the time.
“What the club is going through is a lean spell. These things happen in the game and what they’re probably missing is the right recipe which can come at any time and results start coming. It’s a passing phase, they’ll soon re-discover themselves,” said Ndlovu who is now in charge of Elephant FC in the Zifa Southern Region Division One.
He has described his stay there as good apprenticeship.
Ndlovu said he was not bitter with his departure from Highlanders.
“When my contract wasn’t renewed, I walked away to try something new. It’s the nature of the game,” said the former Bosso and Warriors defender.
Ndlovu won league titles with Highlanders in 1999 to 2002 and was a member of the Warriors team at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2006.
His exploits for club and country earned him a move to South Africa’s Premiership, joining a long list of former teammates who got contracts, to play elsewhere, such as Zenzo Moyo, Charles Chilufya, Dazzy Kapenya, Joel Luphahla, Mubariki Chisoni and Noel Kaseke.
Asked why he was recently quoted as saying Kaindu had lots to say about Bosso happenings, Ndlovu disassociated himself from such insinuations.
“Kelvin is himself and believes in what he believes in. I’m an individual of his own convictions and I’ll never speak on his behalf, in as much as he never spoke on my behalf when I left Bosso. I’ve no grudges with anyone at all,” said Ndlovu.
After a promising 2012 season in which Milton Ncube, Innocent Mapuranga, Bruce Kangwa, Mthulisi Maphosa and Ariel Sibanda were a revelation, Bosso have since then, failed to play with the same resolve.
This year in particular, they have not posted more than three consecutive convincing wins. In most victories they have struggled, with technical deficiencies exposed, despite the technical team being liked by many who tend to proffer theories every time they have been found wanting.
Managers, the executive and players were blamed everytime Bosso lost, when it was clear the problem was with the bench.
They have been found to struggle, in particular, in the second half of the match, mainly because of failing to read the opposition’s tactics.
The departure of Milton Ncube and Kuda Mahachi has also exposed Bosso. For almost two-and-a-half years, Ncube was probably the only player consistent with his positive attacking moves.