Rejuvenated Ndoro earns new coach’s praises

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By Sports Reporter

ZIMBABWE international striker Tendai Ndoro has earned the praises of his coach Owen da Gama after a recent run of good form for South African Premiership side Highlands Park.

Ndoro netted his first goal for Highlands in a 2-0 victory over Cape Town City at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday, having also provided an assist in last week’s 2-1 loss to AmaZulu.

“That’s an understatement, I’m more than happy,” Da Gama told South African football website when asked if he was pleased with Ndoro’s recent contribution to the team’s cause.

“We were on the back foot a little bit and we said let’s unleash Tendai, it will unsettle them a little bit. And it did unsettle them and he could have had two there.

“But I’m very happy for Tendai. I’m happy with his attitude, his spirit, his contribution as a senior player to the rest of the players – the way he motivates and talks to them.

He added of the ex-Orlando Pirates hitman, “So Tendai, he has been absolutely a plus to this team.”

Ndoro, also a former Ajax Cape Town striker, only recently returned to competitive action after serving a ban for representing three clubs last season, in contravention of FIFA rules and regulations.

Ajax Cape Town were relegated to South Africa’s second division following a points deduction, for fielding Ndoro – who was later deemed ineligible to play – in the second half of the 2017-18 season.

The speedy forward had featured for Orlando Pirates before a short-lived stint in Saudi Arabia and eventually Ajax Cape Town which is in contravention of FIFA regulations.

The 33-year-old had reportedly attracted the attention of several clubs with Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United reportedly keeping tabs on the former Chicken Inn forward.

Ndoro however settled for a move to modest Highlands Park as he seeks to revive his career.