WHILE many football players and team sport athletes venture into coaching at the end of their playing days, former Motor Action, Highway and Tenax CS star Promise Mandidzidze is fulfilling his long time passion by slightly diverting from the norm and opting for fitness training.
Today, Mandidzidze is part of the Eswatini top-flight league side, Nsingizini Hotspurs FC technical team.
Mandidzidze is no stranger to local football circles after he started his football career at CAPS United juniors and then CAPS Academy in Division One.
He also featured for the now defunct clubs, Highway, Motor Action and Underhill.
The former Chimanimani-based Mhakwe Primary School learner went on to be part of the championship winning, Motor Action in 2010 and after that he moved to FC La Liga and then joined Flame Lilly before hanging his boots when turning out for Tenax CS FC in the Eastern Region Division One.
Tenax CS FC provided the launch pad of his fitness training career, a path which he is traversing up to this day.
Speaking from his new base in Eswatini, Mandidzidze said: “As an individual, it is a big opportunity to learn new things and also it is important for my curriculum vitae. This is a positive step in the right direction for my career.”
Mandidzidze undertook his fitness training lessons with Major Sports Consultancy Africa.
Nsingizini Hotspurs FC was promoted from the second tier Super League into the country’s flagship MTN Premier League last year. This year will be their debut season.
“As a club, we are aiming at finishing the season as champions or at least make it into the top four. Yes, we are new in the top-flight league, but we have managed to assemble a competitive outfit that can fight for honours,” said Mandidzidze.
His handler, Lloyd Chinawa, who brokered the latest deal that saw the former Highway and Motor Action player joining the Eswatini side, spoke glowingly of Mandidzidze’s work ethic.
“He is doing very well in his new assignment. I will not be surprised to see him in the national team set-up or joining any other big team in Zimbabwe or South Africa because he is a hard working guy and he loves his job.
“I have known Promise Mandidzidze since his days as a player at Highway and Motor Action and from those days I could see a leader. He is a soft guy, but when it comes to his work, he is very tough,” said Chinawa.