Bantu Rovers revel in clean sweep

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which had the likes of Nether­lands-based Marvelous Nakamba, South African-based Ku­dak­washe Ma­hachi, FC Plat­inum’s Moyo twins Kevin and Elvis, as well as Chicken Inn’s Teenage Hadebe.

Rovers’ teams have Agent Sawu head­ing the Un­der14 and 16 sides, tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Methembe Ndlovu in charge of the Un­der-18s and Jo­hannes Ngodzo the se­nior team.

Sibanda heaped praises on Ngodzo for be­com­ing the first coach to win them the South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League ti­tle.

At the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, Rovers made a de­lib­er­ate de­ci­sion to have two thirds of their first team play­ers be­ing Un­der-20 in a move aimed at giv­ing ex­po­sure to young­sters in highly com­pet­i­tive matches.

They had the likes of Den­zel Khu­malo, Les­lie Lunga, Bukhosi Sibanda and Ngoni Chodeva, who are mem­bers of the na­tional Un­der-20 squad, fea­tur­ing promi­nently in the South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League.

Mean­while, Rovers, who re­cruited renowned ju­niors’ trainer Du­maza Dube at the be­gin­ning of the year as the club’s aca­demic co­or­di­na­tor, have started the process of se­cur­ing schol­ar­ships for their young­sters.

“This year saw us fa­cil­i­tate schol­ar­ships for two stu­dent ath­letes Marvin Sibanda and Nkosiphile Dube to bring the num­ber of Bantu Rovers’ stu­dents cur­rently study­ing in the United States to seven. We have al­ready started the process of ap­ply­ing for 2017 schol­ar­ships as well as re­cruit­ing good play­ers and stu­dent ath­letes,” Sibanda said — @ZililoR.

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