Johannes Ngodzo

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Johannes Ngodzo
Johannes Ngodzo, Zimbabwe soccer, Zimbabwean footballer
BornJohannes Ngodzo
(1980-11-06) November 6, 1980 (age 39)
Bulawayo
EducationMzilikazi High School
Occupation
  • Footballer
EmployerBulawayo City Football Club
RelativesJoel Ngodzo, Zephania Ngodzo, Petros Ngodzo


Johannes Ngodzo is a former Zimbabwean footballer who was born in 1980. He is a former player for Highlanders Football Club as an attacking midfielder.

Background

Johannes Ngodzo was born on 6 November 1980 and he is the elder brother to Zephania Ngodzo, Petros Ngodzo and Joel Ngodzo. His father used to play for Ceramics, a Division Two side and that's when he developed the interest to play football.

Education

He attended Mzilikazi High School.

Career

Johannes Ngodzo started his career playing for the Highlanders Football Club juniors and subsequently graduating into the first team. He was awarded Player of the Year at the age of 15 with the Highlanders juniors that had played the whole season without testing defeat in the 1995 season. They were coached by veteran Ali Baba Dube who has been credited for identifying the best talent in Bulawayo. At the age of 17 in 1997, he was selected to play in the Cosafa tournament in South Africa. He played in two of those tournaments because he was still very young. They won bronze in both the tournaments.[1] Ngodzo's exploits for the Bulawayo giants would eventually attract national team coach Sunday Chidzambwa.

Ngodzo’s world came crushing down on July 5 2003 when the Warriors played in an Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Eritrea at the National Sports Stadium. He never regained full fitness after the injury and despite returning after a long layoff in 2004, he was never the same.

Coaching Career

Ngodzo worked with former Chicken Inn coach Mandla Mpofu, former Highlanders goalkeeper Wonder Mpofu and former Highlanders utility player Chipo “Jack Roller” Tsodzo at Bantu Rovers. He holds a Zifa Level Four coaching certificate and worked with Bantu Rovers for more than five years. He is determined to attain a CAF C licence. He was given the opportunity to coach the juniors but doubled as a senior team coach along with Methembe Ndlovu, Reuben Tsengwa and Gift Lunga Senior. He guided Bantu Rovers to the Southern Region Division One championship at the end of the 2016 season.[2]

Ngodzo was the assistant coach at Bulawayo City Football Club who won the 2019 ZIFA Southern Region Division One championship and subsequently promoted into the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League for the 2020 season.

Accolades

References

  1. Thandiwe Moyo, [1], The Standard, Published: 02 February, 2016, Accessed: 28 March, 2020
  2. , [2], Bulawayo 24 News, Published: 11 December, 2016, Accessed: 28 March, 2020