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John Maduka extends unbeaten streak


Malawian coach John Maduka’s Royal AM extended their unbeaten streak to nine games in South Africa’s DStv Premiership after beating Marumo Gallants on Wednesday.

Goals from Victor Letsoalo and Lesego Manganyi were enough to secure maximum points for Maduka’s troops.

The victory consolidated Royal’s second place in the league as they took a giant step towards Caf Champions League qualification.

Royal have 43 points from 24 matches, 11 points behind defending champions and leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Royal last tasted defeat to Baroka FC before the Christmas break.

Since the league restarted, Royal have won seven games and drawn twice.

Additionally, Maduka’s charges beat Moroka Swallows and Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup.

Royal have also turned their Durban home ground, Chatsworth, into a fortress, having played 12 matches there without a loss.

Before the Gallants match, Maduka told SuperSport that he was taking the game seriously.

“At home, we must always try to get maximum points because it is not easy when you go away,” the former Flames and Silver Strikers midfielder is quoted as saying.

South Africa-based Malawian journalist Benjamin Nyirenda believes Maduka will guide his side to Champions League football.

“As it stands now with six games to go, his chances are high. If he fails to qualify for the Champions League, he will make it to the Confederation Cup,” Nyirenda said.

Maduka also helped Bloemfontein Celtic play in the Confederations Cup by virtue of being Nedbank Cup runners-up to Sundowns in 2020.

Last week, Maduka was named the league’s Coach-of-the-Month for February/March.

His player Mxolisi Macuphu was named Player-of-the-Month.

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