John Maduka optimistic at Maritzburg


Former Flames captain, John Maduka is optimistic that his team Maritzburg United will secure a top-eight finish in the DSTv Premiership this season.

Maduka dumped Royal AM for Maritzburg at the end of last season, but his team is struggling having played four games with no win registered.

The team has only managed three draws and a loss, which puts them on position 13 on the log table.

After the latest goalless draw against Capetown City on Tuesday, Maduka is quoted by iDiski website as saying he believes it is a matter of time before the team turns the tables.

“If you look at the game itself I think we started slow, especially up front, defensively we did very, very well, but from the midfield going forward I think our decision-making was not right, and after making the changes second half, and speaking to the players I think it was a different second half, that’s why we managed to create those chances, but unfortunately we did not convert them.

“It’s only a matter of time like we say we trying to be the new team. If you look at the team that we’re using, most of them are new players from different clubs. We have to make sure that they play together as a team and you can see that we’re getting better.

“We started badly but you can see that it’s coming alright, the understanding is there. You can see I mean this is the second game, clean sheet, that means a lot I mean to us. If you look at the game today, if we were sharp enough in front of goals, we could have done better. We would love as a team to finish top eight, which we strongly believe that we are capable of doing that and we do have the players that able to do that,” he is quoted.

Meanwhile, his former club, Royal AM is sixth on the table with six points.