BeMobile Premier League Champions Mochudi Centre Chiefs ended their impressive league season with a 1-0 victory over relegation survivors Tafic FC in an entertaining holiday encounter on Monday.
An elated MadindaNdlovu told Voice Sport that he had decided to introduce his young reservesin a side that only included three first-team regulars, in preparation for next season. The Chiefs gaffer saidhe was impressed with the performance of 17-year-oldAtangMmualefe whose second half strike sank the home side.
“We used this match to assess the youngsters. Some will be kept at the club and others will be offloaded. I’m happy because most of them have shown that they have as much to offer as some of players from our league winning squad,” said Ndlovu.
The Zimbabwean born tactician said he advised his youngsters to express themselves, and working around former Zebras grafter Michael Mogaladi, the skilful youngsters eventually found a second half winning goal in an evenly contested game.
“Although the defence was a bit shaky I was impressed by our left winger MaikanoMaikanowho took up a new position as left back. Most were from our development side and I must say the future looks bright,” he said.
Ndlovu said he decided to rest his first team players as they were under a lot of pressure to win games, something he said showed during their loss to Ecco in the Mascom Top 8 semi-final.
For his part Machimenyenga Public Relations Officer Thomas Chabalala pointed out that they had started this season with a new team that has managed to survive in the league despite some ‘hick ups’at the club. He said the management would meet with the technical team to plan for next season.
“We failed to finish in the top 8 bracket which is a disappointment, but gives us a challenge to be at our best in the coming season. We had financial problems caused by inactivity due to the AFCON games. The loss of striker Audience Rundofaover financial issues also had a negative impact on our progress in the league.
“Football needs financial backing and this is a challenge to the business community in Francistown to partner with us to grow the sport in this region. We appreciate what companies like The Voice have been doing for the club,” he said.