Former University of Johannesburg (UJ) senior men’s football team player, Gerald Ndlovu, has signed for Halinow KS football club in Poland. The fast-paced striker played a pivotal part in UJ’s 2021 FNB Varsity Football championship and the 2022 campaign in which UJ finished in second place.
In South Africa, Ndlovu also played for Jomo Cosmos FC in the NFD and ABC Motsepe League.
While playing for UJ under Head Coach Karabo Mogudi, Ndlovu netted several crucial goals to send the Orange Army to two consecutive finals of the FNB Varsity Football and USSA tournaments, as well as in the Johannesburg Men’s Regional League Blue Stream. He was selected Player of the Match at some UJ home games in Soweto.
Speaking on Ndlovu’s prowess, Coach Mogudi said his ability to outpace opponents sets him apart from many players. “He is built for speed and outruns most opponents. The best thing is that he can also run with the ball at his feet. He was a very good asset to have in the UJ team,” said Mogudi.
Coach Mogudi added, “Gerald doesn’t score many goals. However, when he scores, they are spectacular! He creates opportunities for his teammates because he crosses with his left and right foot although his strongest foot is the right one.”
The UJ coach also described the UJ Sport Management student (Ndlovu) as a jolly person who gels well with his teammates. “He was also active in the UJ Internal Leagues and has played for UJ in university tournaments, our UJ football community know him very well,” says Mogudi.
Coach Mogudi congratulated Ndlovu and said that he was positive the player will do well overseas. “Gerald has always been inquisitive and looking to learn as much as he can from coaches. He always asked tactical questions that would put him in the best positions to receive the ball beyond opponents. The Varsity Football tournament has also assisted him in getting noticed by scouts who eventually took him overseas for trials.
“He now plays in Poland because of his willingness to learn and adapt. Also because by nature, he is an ambitious person. I have no doubt that he will excel because he works hard and makes no excuses when it matters,” Mogudi explained.