Sikhumbuzo Moyo Senior Sports Reporter
LEGENDARY former Highlanders winger and coach Madinda Khathazile Ndlovu resigned from his post as head coach of Botswana’s Township Rollers on Monday.
Ndlovu’s resignation came 48 hours after he allegedly had a confrontation with agitated Township Rollers supporters following his side’s 1-2 loss to Gaborone United coached by another Bosso son,Rahman Gumbo.
The match was the final of the P1 million Mascom Top 8 played at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday.
A statement from Township Rollers’s secretary general Khumoyame Masonya confirmed Ndlovu’s resignation.
“Township Rollers FC management confirms that coach Madinda Ndlovu has tendered his resignation as the Head Coach of Township Rollers FC today (April 21, 2015). He has given a notice to serve the remainder of his contract.
‘‘The management further advises that Mogomotsi Teenage Mpote has been assigned the full responsibility of coaching the team till the end of the season, and to give the full control of the team, the management has agreed to release coach Madinda Ndlovu with immediate effect.
‘‘The management further announces that Zachariah Muzadzi is also released as his contract ends on May 31, 2015.
‘‘We wish our former head coach Ndlovu and assistant coach Muzadzi all the very best for all their future endeavours ahead, we shall always cherish and gloriously remember with pride all the accomplishments during their tenure with us at the Blues,” read the statement released by Masonya yesterday afternoon.
The club yesterday referred all questions as to the circumstances leading to the resignation to Ndlovu who could not be reached for comment as his mobile number went unanswered.
Ndlovu, who led Township Rollers to the league title last season, made history in Botswana when he became the first coach ever to win three back to back league titles and the cherry on top was that it was with two different teams.
His first two league titles were with Mochudi Centre Chiefs, a team he left for the Blues at the end of the 2012/13 season.
Ndlovu leaves Township Rollers with just four matches before the Botswana seasons ends and the team still in with a chance of retaining their crown as they lie second with 52 points on the table, eight points behind leaders Mochudi Centre Chiefs.