Former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Peter Ndlovu has said that it was an easy decision to take up the role of team manager at Chloorkop as the club had looked after him during his playing days.
Ndlovu, ‘The Bulawayo Bullet’ as he was affectionately called, spent four years at Sundowns, making over 80 appearances.
“Sundowns has been my home for a long time, I have probably been here longer than everyone,” said Ndlovu, who arrived at the club in 2004.
“One of the things I used to do during my playing days was manage players, help them out and do things that help them. Myself, Brian (Baloyi) and other senior players used to try and do that,” added the former Coventry City prolific hitman.
“So, when I was asked to be the team manager, although it’s a different ball game, I took what I learnt. Of course, things change and so does management, and you have to upgrade and update every time. The challenge is that you must never use what’s in the past when there’s a new system, and by that, I mean I should never speak about my achievements then.”
During his heyday, Ndlovu netted over 50 goals in the English Premier League (EPL). He also played for Birmingham City and Sheffield United in England.
The former Zimbabwe captain scored a hat-trick for Coventry City at Anfield during the 1994/95 campaign, becoming the first player to score three goals away to Liverpool in over three decades.
“It’s what I do now that’s important because you are not judged on what you’ve done, but what you are doing. It’s a big challenge. You have to respect the players and be there for them and make sure that you manage and understand them,” said the 47-year-old.
“When you have respect from the players then it becomes a two-way street. I also get help from a lot of people at the club, who are around me and make my job easier,” concluded Ndlovu.
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