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Madinda in bad start in Botswana be Mobile league


BOTSWANA two-time be Mobile Premier Soccer League championship winning coach Madinda Ndlovu has had a bad start to the 2013-2014 league after losing the first two matches at home with new club Township Rollers.


The Warriors and Highlanders legend won the Botswana league in the 2011-2012 and the 2012-2013 titles with Mochudi Centre Chiefs, but has found the going tough at the start of the new season.

In the first match, the former Warriors gaffer’s Rollers lost 0-1 to Extension Gunners at home in Gaborone on September 13 before losing 0-2 once again at home to Motlakase Power Dynamos on Saturday.

The second match was supposed to have been played away to Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) last Wednesday, but was postponed as BMC are involved in an ownership wrangle.

Ndlovu’s poor start to the season was heralded by the 1-2 loss to Gunners in the semi-final of the P200 000 Barclays Kabelano Charity Cup four-team season opener which was eventually won by Mochudi Centre Chiefs after beating Gunners 2-0 at Lobatse Stadium last month.

Ndlovu fell out with Mochudi, with whom he won two league titles, convincingly landing the 2012-2013 championship with 66 points after winning 20 matches, drawing six and only losing four.

Nico United, runners-up, picked up 58 points.

The former tear-away striker was named the coach of the year with Zimbabwean Elvis Meleka grabbing the player of the season award.

In the 2011-2012 season, Ndlovu, with Centre Chiefs, picked up an unassailable 78 points to lift the championship with BMC — 20 points behind on 58 points.

Rollers won the Botswana championship in the 2009-2010 season with another Zimbabwean coach Rahman Gumbo when Terrence Mandaza, now at Maritzburg United in the Absa Premier Soccer League in South Africa, was the top goalscorer.

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