Maritzburg United have confirmed the appointment of John Maduka as head coach on a three-year deal. This comes after he parted ways with Royal AM earlier this week.
Maduka takes over from Ernst Middendorp who was fired last week and will be assisted by Ditheko Mototo.
The 51-year-old previously coached Bloemfontein Celtic during the 2020/ 21 season and led the side to the final of that season’s MTN 8 Cup before being joining Royal AM when they purchased the status of Siwelele.
He was in charge during the recently concluded 2021/22 DStv Premiership Season, guiding them to a third place finish.
“The former Bloemfontein Celtic and Royal AM Head Coach has signed a three-year contract until June 2025, with the Team of Choice and will officially start at the Club for the Pre-Season ahead of the start of the 2022/23 DStv Premiership Season,” the club said in a statement.
Maduka expressed gratitude to the club’s management. “I would like to thank the club’s owners for this opportunity for the incredible welcome they have already given me. I am very excited to begin our journey together.”
He believes the appointment is a “wonderful opportunity” but admits “there is also a lot of work” to be done. The former Malawi international is, however, eager to get onto the training ground to start working with the players.
He expressed admiration for the Pietermaritzburg club’s fanbase. “Upon each visit to the Harry Gwala Stadium, one can feel the passion that the “Blue Army” have for this club and this support will be hugely important for the team in the upcoming season.”
He added that it was a huge honour for him to “represent and coach a club with the tradition and support base of Maritzburg United”.