Fungai Muderere, in Blantyre Malawi
FORMER Warriors, Highlanders and Caps United fitness trainer Majaha Ndlovu has been formally engaged by the Football Association of Malawi to take up a job in a similar capacity in their senior national team, B-Metro Sport has learnt.
The bald-headed Ndlovu, who won a domestic football championship medal and has been to the Africa Cup of Nations and other tournaments such as Chan and Cosafa with the Warriors, is contracted to Malawi giants Nyasa Big Bullets.
Bullets also provide home to ex-Warriors coach Kallisto Pasuwa and Godwin Goliati who was formerly with Caps United. Ndlovu got the official job offer last Friday.
“The Football Association of Malawi has officially approached me with the job offer. I’m still weighing options but I always welcome new challenges. It will all depend with the kind of offer they will put on the table,” said Ndlovu who many will remember for his well-choreographed dances, which he usually uses whether in celebrating goals from the bench or in helping to whip up morale among the players during warm-up.
Malawi head coach Meke Mwase has already named a provisional squad ahead of the team’s 2021 back-to-back African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying matches against Burkina Faso next month.
According to a source within Nyasa Big Bullets camp, the club is against the idea of letting the renowned fitness trainer join the Malawi senior national team technical setup.
“Ndlovu has carved his name here in Malawi. But it seems Nyasa Big Bullets are not comfortable in letting him join Malawi senior national team technical team because he is one of their prized possessions,” said a source.
Ndlovu worked with the Warriors on their fitness during the qualifiers for the recent Africa Cup of Nations and was part of the delegation at the finals in Gabon. He has worked with South Africa sides Orlando Pirates, Mpumalanga Black Aces (now Cape Town City) and Jomo Cosmos before returning home for stints with Chicken Inn, Highlanders, Caps United, the Zimbabwe Under-23 national team and the Warriors.
Through his indefatigably work, the Tshabalala-bred Ndlovu helped Caps United end 11 years of waiting for the league title. He has also been credited for bringing back players like former Warriors forward Leonard Tsipa and Joel Ngodzo, who had been condemned as spent forces because of their terrible loss of shape in the past few seasons.