Madinda back at Highlanders
Mehluli Sibanda, Sports Editor
HIGHLANDERS Football Club legend, Madinda Ndlovu is back at Bosso as a first team assistant coach as well as director of junior development.
Bosso made the announcement of the legend’s return yesterday.
“We are pleased to announce the return of coach Madinda Ndlovu who joins the club as a first team assistant coach and director of junior development.
We wish him all the best in executing his duties at the club,” read the statement from Highlanders.
Ndlovu left the position of Highlanders head coach in June 2019 for Botswana side Gaborone United.
He had been appointed as Bosso coach in 2018, taking over the position from Dutchman Erol Akbay with his brief being to play an exciting brand of football good enough to attract Amahlolanyama fans back to the stadia. Madinda was supposed to play this exciting brand of football with his then team popularly known as the ECD.
After Madinda’s departure mid season in 2019, Highlanders appointed Mandla Mpofu to steer the ship but he struggled until he was demoted to an assistant, with another Dutchman Pieter De Jongh taking over and under the foreign coach, Bosso went on to win the Chibuku Super Cup.
Ndlovu’s stay at Gaborone United was no so long as he suffered a stroke during a training session in September 2019 which the club attributed to a blood clot. He spent weeks in hospital and was discharged in October 2019
The Bosso legend has had a number of coaching stints at his former club, starting off as player/coach in the 1990s, with the former winger credited for laying the foundation for Amahlolanyama to win four championships in a row, achieved under Rahman Gumbo and Eddie May (late).
He was also the Highlanders coach in 2005, the year before another Bosso son, Methembe Ndlovu lifted the last title for Tshilamoya in 2006. — @Mdawini.