Bloemfontein Celtic head coach John Maduka has described his relationship with the players as “very good” and said that the technical team is building an environment for the Siwelele stars to thrive in.
Maduka asserted that his well-conditioned troops who only took 10 days off at the end of the 2019/20 season in the bio bubble know what is expected of them for the new season.
Phunya Sele Sele knocked out a star-studded Mamelodi Sundowns side in the MTN8 quarterfinals on Sunday, thanks to the all-important goal by Victor Letsoalo in the second half.
“They understand what we want from them. It’s not like it’s the first time we’ve been with them. Remember when coach [Lehlohonolo] Seema was still here‚ I was the co-coach with him‚ so most of them they understand the way I work and they know what I expect from them,” said Maduka.
“And the relationship with the players is very good‚ they work very hard; they respond well, and they try to do things to the best of their abilities.
“After the bio bubble‚ we gave them 10 days off and that gave us three weeks to prepare the team. It’s also an abnormal season because of the way things were. It wasn’t more fitness‚ but more tactical work as the players stayed well-conditioned,” added the Malawian coach.
The Bloemfontein-based side, who finished in the top eight last season, will begin their DStv Premiership campaign with a clash against Golden Arrows at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium on Saturday.
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By FARPost Reporter