Former Flames captain John Maduka has been ranked 10th on the list of top 15 coaches in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) for this year.
South Africa’s leading online publication Kickoff.com released the list after reviewing the performance of the coaches this year based on league results achieved this year.
Since taking over as Bloemfontein Celtic Head Coach, Maduka has inspired the side to four wins, seven draws and three defeats from 14 matches.
Celtic have collected 19 points under Maduka’s guidance.
The former Silver Strikers forward also inspired Celtic to MTN and Nedbank Cup finals.
Maduka replaced Lehlohonolo Seema, who left the Phunya Sele Sele for Chippa United in July this year.
However, he could not be reached for a comment.
National Coaches Association Publicity Secretary Aubrey Nankhuni, commenting on Maduka’s recognition, said it was an encouraging feat as the Malawian took over the coaching role midway through the season.
Nankhuni tipped Maduka to do better next season having twice reached cup finals.
“This is what we want as coaches. I am sure he will do better next year as he is now in charge of the technical panel of Celtic,” he said.
According to kickoff.com, Orlando Pirates Coach Josef Zinnbauer tops the list of the best coaches in PSL this year.
Zinnbauer has won 12 matches from 23 games.
Pirates under his tutelage lost twice and drew nine times to amass 45 points.
Cape Town City Coach Jan Olde Riekerink is second, having played 23 matches winning 13, drawn five times and collecting 44 points.
Supersport United coach Kaitaino Tembo is third after winning 13 matches from 22 games, drawning twice, losing seven matches and collecting 41 points.
The publication also stated that while it is rare to see football clubs retain the services of one coach through a calendar year in the modern era, three clubs can boast having employed the same person for the entire premiership schedule over the past 12 months.
“Pirates’ Zinnbauer, Cape Town City’s Jan Olde Riekerink and SuperSport United’s Kaitano Tembo are the only coaches to have remained with one club this year,” reads the article.