He is one of the most successful coaches in the country. He boosts of three Premier League titles and has just added the first Mascom Top 8 title to his trophy cabin. Orapa United coach Madinda Ndlovu is on cloud nine – feeling hugely fulfilled in his heart after his latest success. The urge to win the Mascom Top 8 has haunted him for some time. He said that the feeling couldn’t be any better, especially when getting the trophy from his former team by not only whipping them but performing exceptionally well. It was in 2005 when he first assumed a coaching role in Botswana. He looks back on these last 10 years as exceptional – he has shown huge results in any team that he has coached.
The first time he came in was to work with Township Rollers where he nurtured players like Jomo Moatlhaping, Phenyo Mongala and Mogogi Gabonamong who under his tutelage saw themselves getting call ups to work outside the country. Joel Mogorosi and Edwin Moalosi are some that he nurtured when they were young. He later parted ways with Township Rollers and went to Nico United which he found them struggling. “I tried my level best and I later gave them their first highest position which was position 4,” he said. After Nico United he went back to his country Zimbabwe and in 2009 he was called back to Botswana to come and assist Motlakase which was also facing relegation, and with his magic touch he managed to make the team survive.
In 2010/2011 season he joined Mochudi Centre Chiefs, and since then he has never looked back. “I never looked back since that time. I won back to back championships with Chiefs and was in the finals of the last Coca Cola Cup that was won by Gaborone United,” he said. He took Chiefs to two semi-finals of the Mascom Top 8. After Chiefs he re-joined Rollers. After finding them at position 8, he won them the title. In the second season they went 43 games unbeaten, beating his own record of 38 unbeaten that he had with Chiefs. In the Top 8 they then lost to BDF XI in the 2013/14 season while in the 2014/15 season he lost to Gaborone United.
Ndlovu’s fallout with Rollers came when he went to further his studies, leaving Rollers with two games remaining in the league last season. He joined Orapa United this season and the results talk volume, with the team having just won Mascom Top 8 and on the verge of league title win. They have only lost two games in the league so far and have not conceded more than two goals per game. Ndlovu denied that he is anti-media. I am a very direct person. I can’t give you answers that you want to hear,” he said. He said that he always makes sure that he has great working relationships with his players to get the best out of them. “I make players feel appreciated and valuable,” he said. He singled out Thabang Sesinyi, who is having an incredible season, as one player that he works with to make sure that he becomes the best he is now.