Both Hartley and Mkandawire were admitted to the hospital to undergo rehabilitation due to their respective psychological problems but things are looking up for the pair.
South African Players' Union president Tebogo Monyai confirmed that both Hartley and Mkhandawire have completed the CAF D Licence coaching certificate together with now wheelchair-bound former Polokwane City player Kopano Sekgobela.
Former Zimbabwe international Mkandawire, who made headlines recently after he was discovered begging in the Kempton Park area, has now returned to Johannesburg where the Players' Union are trying to help him secure job at one of the nearby high schools where he would be able to utilise his coaching license.
"Mkandawire is back home now after attending rehabilitation at Weskoppies here in Pretoria," Monyai tells KickOff.com.
Monyai divulges that Mkandawire completed his courses alongside former Orlando Pirates ace Hartley who has already had a stint at a drug rehabilitation centre this year.
"The Union is also trying to secure him job with one of the high schools in Johannesburg after he completed a coaching course together with Junaid Hartley and [Kopano] Sekgobela."