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MBABANE – Months of speculations over the new Manzini Sundowns coach have been put to rest following the appointment of Zimbabwean Darlington Dodo to lead the ambitious side.

Dodo, who arrived in the country last Thursday, as exclusively revealed by this newspaper, has already put pen to paper and is supposed to get down to business anytime. He has reportedly signed a two-year renewable contract to become Zenzele ‘Ace’ Dlamini’s successor.
Sundowns Chairman Mark Carmichael confirmed the appointment of the former Zimbabwe’s Bulawayo City coach, but could not disclose the finer details of the contract.

“He is the right candidate for the job because he is knowledgeable, qualified and experienced.
“It is an ‘open contract’, but football contracts by their nature are performance-based,” said Carmichael.

Dodo, 47, is a CAF A Licence holder since February last year. He won the 2009 Premier League title with Gunners FC back home. He was once appointed Zimbabwe national Under-23 assistant coach. He also assisted the legendary Madinda Ndlovu during the senior national team’s African Nations Championship campaign in Sudan.  Between 2012 and 2013, he was coaching Botswana giants Township Rollers.

Former Malanti Chiefs gaffer Humphrey Mlwane, on the other hand, was also a favourite to land the job, but the deal fell through the ropes.
Meanwhile, Sundowns are eager to put behind a disappointing 2017/18 campaign after finishing seventh with only 38 points in 26 attempts.

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