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Bloemfontein Celtic appoint John Maduka as head coach

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Bloemfontein Celtic loyalist, John Maduka, has been promoted to the position of head coach of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit ahead of football resumption in South Africa.

Maduka replaced Lehlohonolo Seema who resigned to replace Rhulani Mokwena at Chippa United.

Celtic Chief Executive Officer, Khumbukani Konco, told South African media that Maduka is now in charge at the club.

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The former Malawi national football team captain will be assisted by former South Africa under-23 midfielder Abraham Nteo.

“Maduka will remain the head coach. He has always been a co-coach at the club. Abram Nteo will serve as his assistant,” Konco was quoted as saying on www.kickoff.com.

Maduka, who holds a Caf A badge, also worked as Celtic caretaker coach in 2016 under Seema but he was redeployed to the position of team manager later.

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Maduka, 49 and born in Thyolo District, was not readily available for a comment yesterday.

Malawi women’s under-17 national football team Coach, Thom Mkolongo, said Maduka has qualities of a good coach.

“I have confidence in Maduka’s capabilities and I believe he will make it. He should just make sure he relates well with his players and backroom staff,” Mkolongo said.

The former Silver Strikers goal poacher retired from active football in 2009 while playing for Celtic.

At the peak of his football career, Maduka played for Umtata Bush Bucks in 1998 before joining Amazulu in 2003.

In 2004, Maduka joined Celtic and remained there until hanging his boots. He also had a stint with British side Preston North End in 1997 after moving from Silver.

The Flames legend reportedly scored 10 goals for the Malawi national team during his career.

Reports indicate that Maduka played in the PSL for 12 successive seasons between 1996 and 2009.

In recognition of his hard work on the pitch, Maduka received the PSL chairperson’s award along with former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Andre Arendse during an awards ceremony in May 2009.

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