Johannes Ngodzo to take charge at Bantu


JOHANNES “Tshisa” Ngodzo will take charge of Bantu Rovers in the Zifa Southern Region Division One League as they plot a quick return to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) following their relegation last season.


Club chief executive officer Methembe Ndlovu, who was in charge at the Castle Lager PSL club, will now concentrate on junior development, general manager Wilbert Sibanda said yesterday.

With former associate coach Mandla Mpofu now assistant coach at Highlanders, Bantu Rovers have co-opted Ngodzo to head the first team.

“Tshisa (Johannes Ngodzo) will be in charge of the first team,” Sibanda said.

“He was and is still in charge of the Under-18 team, but we are making changes and we await the chief executive officer who is out of the country so that we can finalise on technical issues.

“Meanwhile, Tshisa will be in charge of the first team while Methembe will concentrate on juniors of all ages and take up his role as chief executive officer. Tshisa’s assistants will be announced when the chief executive officer is back.”

He said although their focus would be returning to the PSL through competition this time around, Bantu Rovers’ priority will be on junior development.

“We want to win the league and return to the Premier Soccer League, but our main priority is junior development. If there are junior players out there who want to play football and have the privilege of getting scholarships to go outside the country, they are invited to come and join us,” Sibanda said.

Promoted to the senior team and playing in the top league last year were the likes of Teenage Hadebe, Bukhosi Sibanda, Denzel Khumalo and Thembalethu Mthunzi.

Also at Bantu Rovers are Warriors fringe player Nqobizitha Masuku, Moses Majika, Lucky Ndlela and Dalubuhle Moraka.

Tafadzwa Kutinyu, who went for trials with Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge last year, but failed to make it, is also part of the team.