ESTEEMED yesteryear footballer Madinda “Khathazile” Ndlovu has retraced his footsteps to Bulawayo football giants Highlanders where he has assumed the role of first team assistant coach and director of junior development.
Ndlovu, a Bosso club legend, will be assistant to the team’s head coach Baltemar José de Oliveira Brito, a Brazilian former professional footballer.
“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,” announced Bosso on their social media pages on Monday evening.
In 2019, Ndlovu left Bosso for Gaborone United, after cutting short his stay at Bosso with one year of his contract remaining.
However, his contract with the Botswana Premiership giants, Gaborone United, was short lived after he suffered a stroke.
Even though he has never won the league title with Bosso as a coach, Ndlovu is well known for building a team which goes on to clinch the championship in later seasons.
In the mid-1990s, when he took over as head coach of the club for the first time, he was responsible for the recruitment of players who went on to achieve tremendous success at the club.
He enlisted the services of a number of young players that included Desderio “Dazzy” Kapenya, Thulani “Biya” Ncube, Bekithemba “Super” Ndlovu, Gift Lunga Jnr, Melusi Sibanda, Melusi Ndebele, Dumaza Dube, Jones Mulenga, Kelvin Kaindu, the late Charles Chilufya and the late Richard Choruma.
Highlanders, however, did not win any trophies under his command but went on to clinch the title four times in a row, in 1999 and 2000 under Rahman Gumbo and in 2001 and 2002 under the late Englishman Eddie May.Upon his return in 2005, Khathazile, assembled another squad that won Bosso’s last league championship crown in 2006 under Methembe Ndlovu.
Apart from having a stellar playing career, Ndlovu also had a lot of success as a coach. He was even appointed as the coach of the Zimbabwe national team, but his best spell as a coach came in Botswana when he managed to pick up three successive league titles with two clubs.