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Bloemfontein still open to Malawian players—John Maduka

Former Malawi national football team captain, John Maduka, has said the door to South Africa Absa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side, Bloemfontein Celtic, remains open for Malawian footballers.

Most local players usually look up to South African clubs in their quest to realise their dreams of playing professional football.

In the current transfer window, only Polokwane City have shown interest in signing Malawian players with Be Forward Wanderers defender Dennis Chembezi having already been signed while 2019 TNM Super League top goal scorer, Khuda Muyaba who plays for Silver Strikers, is on trials.

Celtic have always been a home away from home to Malawian players such as Stock Dandize, Kannock Munde, Ernest Mtawali, Fischer Kondowe, Gabadinho Mhango and Limbikani Mzava.

Currently, Celtic do not have any Malawian player in their books.

In view of this, The Daily Times had asked the Celtic assistant coach if they would sign a Malawian this January transfer window.

“The door is always open for Malawian players here. From the time of the likes of Ernest Mtawali and Stock, Celtic have always been home for Malawians. At the moment, there is nothing but as long as there is a need, we will not hesitate to turn to Malawi,” the former Silver Strikers forward said.

Maduka has retained the trust of Celtic owners who have kept him at the club after ending his playing career in 2009.

They first made him team manager before giving him the second role of assistant coach.

Maduka played for Silver before signing for a Norwegian team. He then moved to England then Zimbabwe.

He eventually settled at Umtata Bush Bucks in South Africa only leaving them after disbandment for Royal Zulu.

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