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John Maduka named caretaker coach

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Former Malawi National Football Team captain, John Maduka, has been thrown to the deep end of his infant coaching career at South Africa Premiership side, Bloemfontein Celtic.

Celtic have handed Maduka, who has never coached at the highest level, a caretaker coaching role alongside Lehlohonolo Seema, following the sacking of Head Coach, Serame Letsoaka, on Sunday.

Letsoaka got the bullet day after losing 1-2 to Gabadhinho Mhango-inspired BidVest Wits in a league match.

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Celtic Chief Executive Officer, Khumbulani Konco, confirmed that their former captains, Maduka and Seema, will be in charge when taking on Cape Town City today. Maduka’s actual role is TeamManager.

“Unfortunately, results are not forthcoming and the reality is that football is results driven. After our meeting with the coach, we agreed to part ways,” reads www. bloemfonteincelticfco.co.za.

“It was not an easy decision to take, purely because of our healthy relationship with the coach. We would like to wish him all of the best in his future endeavours.”

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Maduka, alongside Patrick Mabedi, are among a new generation of up-and-coming Malawian coaches that could coach the Flames in future.

Maduka, who recently confirmed that he was studying towards a Caf A-Licence having earned a Caf B badge, has told Celtic’s website that he was working on his charges’ mental preparedness for today’s game.

“The player’s spirit was nearly dented by our loss against Wits at home, but during training they seem rejuvenated and ready to win,” he is quoted as saying.

“However, putting pressure on them will be suicidal, hence, we have been making sure we focus on strategically planning for our opponents and somehow dealing with the players’ mental preparation.”

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