Legend Madinda Ndlovu bounces back, but this time in a different role.
The man who is gifted in identifying and nurturing talent comes back to the club as Junior Development Technical Director.
Club Chairman Kenneth Mhlophe confirmed the development, adding that Ndlovu’s immediate task will be to play a supervisory role in the club’s junior structures.
Highlanders has a very good, reputable history in talent and identification and junior development having produced football greats such as Peter Ndlovu, Benjani Mwaruwari, Marvellous Nakamba, Willard Khumalo, Adam Ndlovu, Benjamin Nkonjera, to mention but a few.
Ndlovu himself is credited for promoting and grooming young players from the club’s developmental system during his senior team coaching stints.
“What we’ve always envisaged is for the Bosso-90 development side to be made up of purely Under-20 players that will take up the Under-20 slots in the first team. So it means those playing in the development side will be 19 years or under. Ndlovu and his team will then come up with programmes that entail development from the 15-year age group up to the Under-19s so that a player is ready for promotion,” said Mhlophe.
“It will mean that those old players that can’t be registered in the Under-20 PSL slots have to be loaned out. So I believe in Madinda Ndlovu, we found someone gifted in talent identification and grooming.
Our hope is that through their appointments, these junior coaches will be able to close the gap that has seen few players from the junior sides being promoted into the first team,” said Mhlophe.