Mamelodi Sundowns team manager, Peter Ndlovu shared an interesting fact about his playing days and how he carried it with him in his technical role.
The 47-year-old had a great career as a professional footballer, where he plied his trade for English outfits, Coventry City, Birmingham City and Sheffield United before joining Sundowns in 2004.
Ndlovu enjoyed four years with the Brazilians and left to ply his trade elsewhere before finally hanging up his boots in 2011.
The former Zimbabwean international striker was appointed as the Sundowns’ team manager in 2013, where he has since become one of the longest serving technical team members.
Speaking to Sundowns’ official website, Ndlovu revealed which trait he’s carried with him from his playing days which has helped him in his managerial role.
“Sundowns has been my home for a long time, I have probably been here longer than everyone. They looked after me as a player and I think it was easy to have a look at my future and decide to come into management,” he said.
“One of 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. 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.”
“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.”
“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,” Ndlovu added.