The past may finally catch up with Madinda Ndlovu following his recent resurface into the Botswana Premier League (BPL) structures as Orapa United head coach. Ndlovu’s return to the Premier league may find him prosecuted by BPL for the comments he made against match officials after the 2015 Mascom Top 8 Final at National Stadium in April.
Following their 2-1 loss to Top 8 champions Gaborone United, Ndlovu remarked that GU won because of help from referees who were supporting and favouring them. The comments did not sit well with officials at BPL even though they could not do anything about it since he quit his job at Township Rollers. The move left BPL with no chance of taking him to task for his comments since he was no longer part of the league structures. His resurfacing into the structures of BPL has since raised questions on what will happen to him now.
BPL Chief Executive Officer Bennett Mamelodi could not say if Ndlovu will be prosecuted or not. Mamelodi said he did not know that Ndlovu has been hired by any BPL club. He said whether he will be prosecuted or not will be up to the BPL chief prosecutor Tshiamo Rantao. “That is if indeed he has been hired by any team,” clarified Mamelodi.
Rantao did not rule out the possibility of taking Ndlovu to task for his comments. He however said this is a bit unprecedented case which will need more research to determine. Just like Mamelodi, Rantao is not aware of Ndlovu’s return saying he will have to confirm with his superiors first.
“I work with instructions from my superiors and if indeed Ndlovu is back into premier league structures then I as the prosecutor will have to go back and see whether to prosecute him or not. I will have to look at the comments and determine whether they were harsh or what,” he explained. He told this publication that since this will be the first case of its kind to have he could not determine what punishment could be given should the need be.
After weeks of absence from football, the former Township Rollers tactician resurfaced at Orapa United as head coach. This publication is reliably informed that Ndlovu has been introduced to the players and has started working with the team. It is however unclear how many years the coach has been engaged for.
Even Orapa United spokesperson Tebatso Hule could not be drawn into discussing the particulars of the coach’s contract. Hule, however, confirmed Ndlovu’s as coach for the coming beMOBILE premier league season. “I can only confirm that Ndlovu is at Orapa United and he has started working with the team in preparations for the coming season,” said Hule.
Ndlovu’s arrival at Orapa United is seen as a great addition and boost to the team given his capabilities as a coach. The Zimbabwean tactician has won a number of silverware with big teams such as Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs. Hule said they believe his arrival will help them achieve their mandate in the 2015/16 season which is challenging for the league honours. Last season United finished second in the league behind champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Hule said they are looking at improving form last season. “Our performance last season has given us hope that we can go all the way to challenge for the beMOBILE premier league championship and win it. With the services of Ndlovu we believe that this is possible,” he clarified. Ndlovu’s appointment follows the departure of Maxwell Moyo who took Orapa United to their highest premier league finish ever. It is still not yet clear why the coach left after a good delivery he attained with the club.