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Madinda wins top coach award

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BOTSWANA be-mobile league outfit Township Rollers coach Madinda Ndlovu received his second accolade in Botswana after winning the Coach of the Year award in Botswana on Wednesday night.

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Ndlovu rejoined Township Rollers last year and immediately made an impact guiding the club that had last won the championship in the 2010 to 2011 season, to a title.

Rollers had finished the 2012 to 2013 season on position eight from the 16-team league with 40 points. Ndlovu spoke to Southern Eye Sports from Botswana yesterday.

“I feel very great especially to receive such an award in a foreign country. I feel very excited. I received a trophy and some money for winning the coach of the year award. The first season I did not get it. The second year I was coach of the year but I did not get the Mascom Top-Eight coach of the tournament award. This season I got both awards, the coach of the year and Mascom Top-Eight coach of the tournament award,” he said.

He attributed his success to the support he has received.

“The reason why I was successful is because there is appreciation here. The people give you time and they support you. There will always be external forces and interferences in football, but here it is better than home because there is much support. However, our league at home (Castle Lager Premier Soccer League) is tougher than our league here,” the former Highlanders and Warriors coach said.

Township Rollers lost two games in the 2013 to 2014 season.

“I lost two games only and I went 28 games unbeaten. There is no coach who went 29 games unbeaten this means I was the best. This marks my third championship in Botswana, it feels great,” he said.

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