Bloemfontein Celtic Malawian Coach John Maduka is steadily building his coaching credentials after guiding his side to MTN8 Cup semi-finals.
Maduka’s charges defeated Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 on Sunday. Victor Letsoalo scored Celtic’s lone goal to set a tie against Super Sport United.
It was a sweet revenge as Celtic lost to Sundowns by the same scoreline in Nedbank Cup final last month.
The former Silver Strikers forward was delighted with Celtic’s attitude and resilience.
“We are a youthful side and went into the game as underdogs. We were playing against PSL champions and I am happy for the boys. Our effort and cohesion was enough to see us into the semifinal,” Maduka said.
“The era without Pitso Mosimane began as Sundowns gave Peter Shalulile, Haashim Domingo and Nyiko Mobbie their debuts, while Celtic were missing Ndumiso Mabena through fitness issues,” reported kickoff.com.
“However, Masandawana were behind against the run of play inside the last 20 minutes when a free-kick from Sifiso Ngobeni found Victor Letsoalo who nodded beyond a scrambling Denis Onyango.”
Meanwhile, Silver Youth Coach Leonard Mpulula said Maduka was a living example that Malawian coaches were good and have the ability to deliver positive results elsewhere.
“I am highly inspired by Maduka’s performance in South Africa. He led Celtic to Nedbank Cup finals when the odds were against him,” he said.
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