Ndlela paddles against the tide

Under-fire Highlanders chairman, Themba Ndlela, continues to paddle against the tide.

Themba Ndlela
Themba Ndlela

The administrator, who has led a turbulent past four years at the fallen Bulawayo giants, declared this week that he deserves a second term in executive elections later this month.

Bosso ended the season in seventh position on the log – their worst showing since 1997, but Ndlela, blamed by the fans, blurred that picture to focus on the little success he scored.

“Fans have to understand we inherited a huge debt, but have since managed to secure a $400 000 per annum sponsorship, which caters for players and the entire technical staff,” he said.

“We have also managed to retain most of our players on long-term contracts. Last season, we won the Independence Trophy and were unfortunate to lose in the Super 8 final. We have also revived our junior policy by setting up an academy that works in-conjunction with a Canadian team.”

On why he should be given a second term, when guns are blazing from success-starved fans who look down upon the Independence Trophy triumph, Ndlela said he had unfinished business.

“I have introduced working projects that I want to see through. I am also working on growing revenue for the club so that it sustains itself.”

He spoke highly of newly-appointed coach Zambian-born Kelvin Kaindu, formerly an explosive striker with the club. “Our major aim from this season is to win the championship. That is why we brought him in. He has continental experience as both a player and coach and is our former top scorer,” he said.

“We believe he will introduce vast improvements in our team and are happy to have him. He is currently in United Kingdom attending further coaching clinics at his own expense.”

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