Maduka keen to keep Chabalala at Celtic

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Bloemfontein Celtic coach John Maduka says he would like to keep tough-tackling central defender Justice Chabalala at the club beyond the current season.

Maduka plans to speak to Celtic CEO Khumbulani Konco regarding Chabalala and hopes the defender will commit to ‘Siwelele’ for a third spell, this time around on a permanent deal.

Chabalala is contracted to Pirates and it remains to be seen whether a permanent deal is realistic given Celtic’s financial constraints, or whether the clubs might explore a further loan.

“I am still in Johannesburg and the CEO is in Bloem, so it is something that we have to sit down and talk about. Remember that there is an agreement between the two teams – Pirates and Celtic,” said Maduka.

“And it is not all about us, Pirates are also involved. He is still a Pirates player, so it is something that has to be agreed on by both parties.”

The 29-year-old Limpopo-born defender impressed Maduka once again in Celtic’s 1-0 defeat to Pirates in a DStv Premiership clash on Tuesday night at Orlando Stadium.

He has been a vital cog in Maduka’s backline and one of the standout performers for Celtic this season with 13 appearances in all competitions.

“Chabalala has done well, he played very well [versus Pirates], one of the best games he has played, on another level. It is always good to have Chabalala in the Celtic team,” added Maduka.

“As much as we would love to have him, he is one of the good players, disciplined player, always works hard, always gives his best, we would love to have a player of his calibre but remember we are not the only team that is involved in this, so we might want him and  Pirates might want him as well,” concluded the Celtic coach.

Chabalala joined the Soweto giants back in 2016 from Free State Stars but has spent most of the last five years out on loan – first with Chippa United and then with Celtic and his contract with Pirates is expiring in June.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

all pictures courtesy of Bloem Celtic 

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