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MADUKA—This is a big challenge

Former Malawi national football team captain, John Maduka, has thanked South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Bloemfontein Celtic for giving him an opportunity to lead the club, praising Chairperson Max Tshabalala for his vision.

Maduka says working under former coaches Steve Komphela and Veselin Jelusic meant his path was clear that he will be a head coach one day.

The former Phunya Sele Sele skipper was handed the coaching job after Lehlohonolo Seema’s resignation a few weeks ago as he was hired at Chippa United.

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“Having assisted Jelusic and Steve, all those were signs that sooner or later I’d be a coach,” Maduka said as quoted by DailySun.

“I’ve learned a lot from Steve and Veselin. I also learned when I was given an opportunity to work as a co-coach with Seema, after Steve left in December 2018.

“You could tell that the chairman [Max Tshabalala] had a vision because he wanted people who played for the club, and now we are all coaching.

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“I’m honoured that management believed in me. I’m excited and looking forward to the task ahead. This is a big challenge but that’s how human beings grow.”

Having been with the Free State-based side from his playing days dating back to 2004, the Malawi legend added that he had to start crawling before eventually walking as he refers to a coaching career.

The former Mthatha Bucks central defender has equipped himself as a manager and now holds a South African Football Association Level 1 and the Caf A Licence.

“Before we walk, we crawl. Before we crawl, we can’t see,” he added.

“The response from the players has been amazing. The boys are working very hard, the attitude is okay. I think that is because it is not like I’m a new man that is there, it is someone the players know.”

With the Mangaung-based outfit looking to finish inside the top eight bracket, the 49-year-old takes over a team that sits ninth on the PSL log table with 28 points from 23 matches.—uk.sports.yahoo.com

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