Royal AM coach John Maduka

Pressure mounting for Maduka at Royal AM 

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Pressure is mounting on Royal AM coach John Maduka following a poor run of results in the DStv Premiership.

Following their 3-1 loss against SuperSport United, Royal AM are sitting in 14th place on the DStv Premiership log standings, and pressure is mounting for Maduka.

Of the nine matches overseen by Maduka in the 2023/24 campaign, Royal AM has only two wins, two draws, and five defeats. It means they have collected eight points from a possible 27.

They have only been able to overcome TS Galaxy and Chippa United and have suffered defeats to Orlando Pirates, Stellenbosch FC, Sekhukhune United, Polokwane City and SuperSport United

Maduka rejoined Royal AM in February this year following a stint with Maritzburg United. After being unattached for two months, the former Bloemfontein Celtic head coach rejoined the MaMkhize-owned club.

Royal AM coach John Maduk pressure


The Team Of Choice showed the Malawian mentor the exit door in November last year. This was after a string of poor results. Fadlu Davids replaced him. 

At Maritzburg, things didn’t turn out as he expected, as the results were just under par. In the 13 matches he oversaw, he only managed two wins, drew five times and suffered six defeats. 

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Maduka secured Thwihli Thwahla a CAF Confederation Cup spot. This was after he helped the club to finish in the third position in the DStv Premiership 2021/22 campaign. 

The Kwazulu Natal-based outfit management has said they will be backing the former Malawi international and his technical team to turn things around. Still, persistence in disappointing results could force the club to make changes.

And what would help Maduka to improve the situation would be to add a few more wins in the coming games. 

In their next match, they are scheduled to play much-improved side Golden Arrows at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday, 8 November, Kick-off 19h30.

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