Butholezwe Ncube: Zimbabwe Beckons for Former AmaZulu FC Midfielder

Butholezwe Ncube: Zimbabwe Beckons for Former AmaZulu FC Midfielder

Robert Abong'o
updated at February 2, 2024 at 12:29 PM
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  • Butholezwe Ncube will play football in Zimbabwe's first-division
  • Amazulu released Ncube after failing to impress coach Romain Folz
  • The midfielder has played for the Zimbabwe national team six times

In a bid to revive his career after being released by AmaZulu FC, Butholezwe Ncube is moving to Zimbabwe to join a first-division team.

Following his departure from the Durban-based club, where he failed to impress coach Romain Folz and was deemed surplus to requirements in a major squad overhaul at the close of the 2021/22 DStv Premiership season, the player faced challenges securing a new club in South Africa.

The 31-year-old midfielder has opted to restart his career in Zimbabwe under the guidance of coach Lizwe Sweswe.

Butholezwe Ncube will play football in Zimbabwe's first division. Photos: AmaZulu.
Butholezwe Ncube has found a new club in Zimbabwe. Photos: AmaZulu.
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Ncube is set to join Sheasham FC, a team competing in the ZIFA Central Region Soccer League.

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"We are taking him on board. He came on Tuesday, he is resting today [Wednesday], and then comes here to finalize," Sheesham FC coach Sweswe said, as quoted on Far Post.

Ncube, with 77 appearances and three goals during his time at AmaZulu, is expected to play a pivotal role at Sheasham FC. The club faced relegation from Zimbabwe's premier league at the end of the 2023 season.

Having represented Zimbabwe in six national team matches without finding the net, Ncube adds to the growing list of former PSL players seeking opportunities in Zimbabwe after losing favour in South Africa.

Others in this category include Walter Musona, Talent Chawapiwa, and Talbert Shumba, showcasing a trend of players making their mark in Zimbabwe's football scene.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane also leaves AmaZulu

Ncube's departure coincides with the exit of another notable figure from AmaZulu, Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

The Kaizer Chiefs legend, affectionately known as 'Yeye,' conveyed his sentiments in a farewell letter to the club, expressing gratitude for the valuable experiences gained during his tenure.

Letsholonyane's association with AmaZulu commenced last season when he mentored the under-17 side as part of the club's Vision 2032 initiative. Subsequently, he transitioned to assistant coach for the DStv Diski Challenge (DDC) team, collaborating with Siyabonga Nomvethe.

As the coaching staff underwent reorganization, Letsholonyane assumed a permanent role guiding the reserve side.

However, challenges emerged for the DDC team under his leadership, resulting in seven consecutive defeats and eventually leading to his departure. The seasoned football figure leaves a legacy at AmaZulu, marked by his contributions and commitment to the club's development initiatives.

“Being accepted in Botswana was a moment of joy for me. The coaching course taught me to understand the rationale behind my coaching actions, covering aspects such as behaviour, work ethic, and attitude,” he told The Daily Sun.

AmaZulu striker Bongi Ntuli marries club CEO in lavish wedding ceremony

Sports Brief last year reported when AmaZulu FC striker, Bongi 'Mdeva' Ntuli, married club CEO Sinenjabulo Zungu.

The couple completed an eventful wedding at a Midlands venue.

The wedding saw friends, family and some high-profile guests in attendance.

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