Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia has spoken of long term admiration for Malawian coach John Maduka, who recently joined from neighbours Royal AM.
Maduka raised his stakes on the market after leading Royal to a third place finish in South Africa’s DStv Premiership.
Kadodia said he had always been a fan of Maduka from his Bloemfontein Celtic days.
“To be frank to you, two years back, I was looking to find a new coach. I wanted Maduka but that time I didn’t want to disturb my colleagues in Bloemfontein Celtic. I’ve always admired him for the work ethics he has and we needed a new face. With what we have in the MDC, our youngsters will benefit from him.
“When we terminated the contract of Ernst Middendorp, we had applications from locally and internationally, we had too many CVs and when I saw his name I called to him to understand his situation with Royal AM and he assured me he has understanding with them. The soon I got that I didn’t hesitate and we needed a fresh start,” Kadodia told soccerladuma.co.za.
Maduka said the move was more about safeguarding his future.
“It was a personal decision to leave Royal AM. I had a good relationship with the chairlady [Shauwn Mkhize] and the players at the club. I wanted to try a different challenge. It was a decision I had to make. In life you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow,” sowetanlive.co.za quotes Maduka as saying.
He described Maritzburg as a team with the potential to follow in Royal’s footsteps.
“As much as Maritzburg have been fighting relegation, they’re a team that has potential,’’ said Maduka. “Maritzburg are capable of achieving things just like Royal. People didn’t expect them to do well but we transformed the team to be what it is today. The same thing can happen with Maritzburg. It’s a big challenge but we’re ready for that challenge,” Maduka said.