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John Maduka downplays pressure

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South Africa-based Malawian coach John Maduka says he has full support of Maritzburg United management despite being given a six points target before the DStv Premiership breaks for 2022 Fifa World Cup.

According to www.sabcsport.co.za, Maduka could soon be out of the job in the Midlands, with some of his colleagues waiting in the wings.

Ironically, Maritzburg Chairman Farook Kadodia has set a target of six points following the team’s goalless draw against Richards Bay on Saturday.

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However, Maduka welcomed the challenge.

“It’s all over. Maybe some of them are agents; so, they are trying to promote [their coaches], but it’s the life of a coach.

“Look, we drew today and my brother here told me that we have moved, I think, to number 14 – if we won the game, we could have been number 10.

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“So, if you look at the log itself, if we win next week’s game against AmaZulu, we might go seventh or eighth, somewhere there. So, for us, we’re still in there,” Maduka told www. sabcsport.co.za.

Maduka told the publication that he has the club’s full support, but he knows that if change is necessary, there will be no hesitation.

“I enjoy the support from the chairman and they know the plan is to build a new team and to build a new team, you don’t just do so in two or three days

“Look at the players that we have, we have some players coming from NFD teams, some from teams that fought relegation; so it’s not an easy job. To be fair, we can see the progress. But to build a team takes time and, for me as coach, it’s part of our job – the pressure, we know how to handle that,” he said.

South Africa-based football analyst Benjamin Nyirenda said Maduka might have been under pressure because his side was not doing well.

“The team is currently on position 14 with 10 points having won only two games drawn four times and lost four times. The team management expected much better from him after he took Royal AM to third position last season.

“At the rate that the teams are performing in the DStv Premiership so far, he just needs two wins in his next two games and make sure he is in the top eight before the World Cup break in November then he will survive the pressure. The good thing is that the team is playing very well but just lacks goals,” he said.

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