Methembe takes reins at Bantu

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo

BANTU Rovers have named their pres­i­dent Methembe Ndlovu as sub­stan­tive head coach af­ter fail­ing to find a can­di­date that suits the club’s ob­jec­tives.

The club is now in the hunt for an as­sis­tant coach.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists at the club’s weekly press brief­ing yes­ter­day, Bantu Rovers’ gen­eral man­ager Wil­bert Sibanda said Ndlovu’s ap­point­ment en­sures the club will not di­vert from its val­ues of groom­ing young play­ers and pre­par­ing them for pro­fes­sional ca­reers or schol­ar­ships.

“We have de­cided to go with Methembe as our sub­stan­tive head coach so we are now look­ing for an as­sis­tant coach. We want some­one who will share the same vi­sion and un­der­stands the club,” said Sibanda.

Tsh­intsha Gu­luva, as Bantu Rovers are known, had been with­out a head coach since the begin­ning of the sea­son fol­low­ing a Zifa de­cree that all Pre­mier­ship head hon­chos pos­sess at least a Caf A Li­cence in line with the new club li­cens­ing sys­tem.

The club had eyed War­riors’ le­gend Agent Sawu for the head coach’s role, but Zifa deemed his English Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion In­ter­na­tional Coach­ing badge in­fe­rior to the Caf A Li­cence.

Sawu has sub­se­quently been re-as­signed as the first team man­ager and will also be in charge of the Bantu Rovers Un­der-18 team.

Ndlovu ac­knowl­edged that it will not be an easy task bal­anc­ing his du­ties as coach and club pres­i­dent.

“It’s a big re­spon­si­bil­ity, one which I don’t take lightly. Like we have said be­fore, we re­ally wanted some­one who would wake up in the morn­ing day af­ter day com­ing to the ground, but things be­ing the way they are, I have to take the job se­ri­ously with com­plete re­spect and com­mit­ment. I think the pos­i­tive side is that I un­der­stand what the club is try­ing to ac­com­plish. It’s a dif­fi­cult propo­si­tion to ask a coach who is try­ing to build or main­tain their CV to take on this kind of re­spon­si­bil­ity. I will do my best to de­velop play­ers and get re­sults at the same time,” Ndlovu said. — @khumza­llen

Methembe Ndlovu

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