MADINDA Ndlovu has quit Botswana be Mobile Premier Soccer League champions Township Rollers after missiles were thrown at him on Saturday night.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
The attack on Ndlovu followed the team’s 1-2 loss to compatriot Rahman Gumbo’s Gaborone United in the final of the Mascom Top 8 at the National Stadium in Gaborone.
Speaking from Botswana yesterday and surprisingly sounding good-humoured, the three-time championship winning coach in that country confirmed having parted ways with Rollers saying he feared for his safety and would not be judged on losing one game.
“It is very true. I have quit. I resigned yesterday (Monday) evening and it became official this morning (yesterday) at 11am. I have a good relationship with my boss and management was not expecting it, but they had to accept it. I still like my face.
“I don’t want any bottles coming to hit my face for losing one game. I am not judged by one game, but by a competition. I am on position two (on the log standings),” Ndlovu said.
Ndlovu said he was safe and was open to anyone who may want his services.
He quits Rollers four matches to the end of the season, trailing Mochudi Centre Chiefs, a team that he won two consecutive titles with, by eight points.
“I am open to anyone who may want my services. They (the supporters) hit me with bottles after losing to Rahman (Gumbo) on Saturday, but I am safe now. Don’t worry about me,” Ndlovu said.
He leaves Rollers together with countryman Zachariah Muzadzi, who was his assistant.
Rollers confirmed Ndlovu’s departure on their official website yesterday saying Mogomotsi Teenage Mpote will take over for the remaining games.
“Township Rollers FC Management confirms that coach Madinda Ndlovu has tendered his resignation as the Head Coach of Township Rollers FC today (April 21 2015). He has given a notice to serve the remainder of his contract.
The management further advises that Mogomotsi Teenage Mpote has been assigned the full responsibility of coaching the team till the end of the season and to give the full control of the team, the management has agreed to release coach Madinda Ndlovu with immediate effect.
The management further announces that Zachariah Muzadzi is also released as his contract ends on 31st May 2015. We wish our former head coach Madinda Ndlovu and Assistant coach Zachariah Muzadzi all the very best for all the future endeavours ahead, we shall always cherish and gloriously remember with pride on all the accomplishments during their tenure with us at the Blues.
Wishing the best to Teenage Mpote as he takes charge to steer the blue ship for upcoming fixtures,” read the statement on the official website.
Ndlovu won the championship two times with Chiefs in the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons before lifting it for the third consecutive time with Rollers in 2013-2014 when was named Coach of the Year.