Malawian coach John Maduka has brandished his Caf A Licence to prove that he was qualified to lead his former club Royal AM in the Caf Confederation Cup.
Royal qualified for the continental second tier after a third place finish in South Africa’s DStv Premiership under Maduka.
There were reports that the former Malawi National Football Team captain resigned from Royal because he was not qualified to lead the team in the continental showpiece.
Confederation of African Football (Caf) requires that all coaches in charge of teams competing in the Champions League and Confederation Cup should have a Caf A Licence or a Uefa Pro Licence.
To clear his name, Maduka sent a copy of his certificate to South African online media publication SunSport.
The certificate was issued on November 29 2015 and was signed by the then Caf president Issa Hayatou and secretary general Hicham El Amrani.
Maduka told dailysun.co.za that he was disappointed with the reports.
“I just want to clear something that has been in the media that I don’t have a Caf A Licence. It is very disappointing. This is very deflating to me. I have a Caf A Licence and it was obtained in 2015,” he is quoted as saying.
Maduka also commented on reports that he was not paid his June salary after quitting.
“I’m hearing news that the team is owing me money and they told me I said so. I have never spoken to anyone about this. I’m always reserved when it comes to such [private] things,” dailysun.co.za quotes him as saying.
Meanwhile, Maduka has roped in Simon Gopane as goalkeeper coach at his new club Maritzburg United.
He recently signed four players ahead of the new season.
Royal have since replaced Maduka with former South Africa National Football Team assistant coach Khabo Zondo.