People must enjoy watching us play – Maduka


In his first outing as head coach, John Maduka has led Bloemfontein Celtic to the final of the Nedbank Cup after securing an emphatic 3-0 victory over Baroka on Saturday at Orlando Stadium in the Gauteng Biological Safe Environment (BSE).

Celtic have been playing some enterprising football throughout the 2019/20 season and they are the highest-scoring team in the Nedbank Cup with 11 goals from their four matches while also conceding four goals.

Maduka says it is fundamental for football spectators to take joy and get a buzz from watching ‘Siwelele’ in action.

“At the end of the day we want to play good football, people must enjoy watching us play but at the same time we must bring results,” said Maduka.

The former Malawian International was appointed head coach last month, replacing Lehlohonolo Seema who resigned to take over at Chippa United.

“We will continue to work hard and make sure that we get exactly where we want to be. We are still a little bit far. We need to improve on our decision making,” added Maduka.

Celtic are also the fourth highest-scoring team in the Absa Premiership with 33 goals and Maduka attributes their success in front of goal to the many hours put into training.

“You can’t expect things to happen, we spend a lot of time training, we try to spend more time on finishing, working in the final third,” he said.

“But remember there was a time when we were conceding more and we had to make sure that we defend well and when you defend well also you’re got a chance to win the game,” he concluded.

Celtic, who are ninth on the log standings will restart their league campaign against SuperSport United on Sunday, 16 August at the Bidvest Stadium.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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