John Maduka bemoans lack of confidence
Malawian Coach John Maduka has blamed loss of confidence after his side, Royal AM, went down 2-1 to Cape Town City in a DSTV Premiership match at Chatsworth Stadium in Durban on Wednesday.
This was Royal’s second successive loss after the side lost 1-0 to Moroka Swallows in their opening fixture at Dobsoville Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.
Maduka told South Africa online publication Times Live that his players lacked confidence.
“When you have the confidence, you will be able to play. If you look at the team we put out on the field of play, they are all ball players. But they could not even make five passes. This means there is a lack of confidence and there was tension; but it will all come right.
“You must have confidence and belief in yourself that you can do it and then when you go onto the field of play it becomes a bit easier. But if you lack confidence, it becomes difficult because your movement and decision-making is not going to be right,” Maduka told the publication.
Former Flames defender Ojukwu Malunga tipped Maduka to rediscover his winning methods.
“It is too early to start panicking. Maduka is a seasoned coach he knows what to do with his players,” he said.
In another match, Baroka FC, who have Flames attackers Richard Mbulu and Gerald Phiri Junior, failed to maintain their impressive start to the season as they lost 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs on the same day at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
Mbulu played the full match while Phiri Jnr was on the bench.
Flames captain Limbikani Mzava was also on the sidelines for AmaZulu in a goalless draw with Swallows at Jonson King Park.