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Continental football still possible for John Maduka

John Maduka

Malawian coach John Maduka still stands a chance to lead his South Africa DStv Premiership side Royal AM in its first continental club football competition despite a 2-2 draw with Orlando Pirates on Friday.

The stalemate saw Royal climb to third spot on the table, three points ahead of Pirates, who are sixth.

Royal needed a win to upstage Cape Town City on second position and automatically qualify for the Caf Champions League but the result did not do them any good.

However, Royal can qualify for the Caf Confederation Cup if Pirates fail to beat SuperSport United with a 5-0 margin this evening in the league’s last match.

Maduka’s team wound up the season with 47 points while Pirates have 44 points and a win would take them level with Royal.

But a mere win would not be enough for the Buccaneers as their goal difference of eight is inferior compared to Royal’s 12.

This therefore puts Pirates in the awkward position of needing to score five clear goals this evening.

Following the stalemate with Royal, Pirates co-coach Fadlu Davids told supersport.com that they know what to do going into the last game of the season.

Davids said he feels for his players after they had given their all.

“We know what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to beat SuperSport 5-0 to be able to get third place. I feel for the players after starting exactly how we wanted to: high intensity. I really feel for them. They gave their all and were not be able to kill off the game with the third goal and then of course conceding the two late on,” he said.

Maduka said he was proud of his players for doing their best in a difficult season.

“We scored that one and managed to score another one, so proud of the boys. It has not been easy, a very difficult season, but so proud of the boys.

“These are soldiers; soldiers don’t give up they play up to the end of the 90 minutes and they’ve done it again, I’m so proud of them,” he told kickoff.com.

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