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Maduka Praises Mpisane’s 3 Touches, Brushes Larsen Rumours Aside

Royal AM coach John Maduka says his chairman Andile Mpisane doesn’t command to play at the club despite his title after he finally played his first game of the season on Tuesday.

Mpisane came from the bench as they beat Golden Arrows 1-0 at Harry Gwala Stadium to end five matches of a winless streak.

The club’s chairman touched the ball three times, but failed to control it properly with his first touch. The second touch was a first-time pass where looked the other way and the third was a straight pass to his teammates.

Mpisane had come on in the 88th minute for former former Orlando Pirates forward Menzi Masuku, who scored the game’s only goal, which came in the second minute of the game.

“It was very encouraging, he [Mpisane] works hard at training,” said Maduka about Mpisane.

“It is always good to give him minutes, even if it’s five or six minutes or 10 minutes – he trains well. He has the right attitude at training.

“When he is at training, he doesn’t take himself as a chairman – he works just like everyone else. So it’s good, it’s good to have him.”

The 22-year-old, who has been on the bench three times this season, coach Maduka said to have given him minutes was richly deserved because of his conduct.

“He is not like that,” said Maduka when was asked if Mpisane demands to play matches since he is the chairman.

“He trains with the team, he loves football. You can see the press he made and the passes he made – he is technically very good.”

Maduka’s position with Arrows was coming under scrutiny and iDiski Times was informed that former Arrows coach was close to Clinton Larsen resigning at Magesi to take over at the club but there was a U-turn for the former Maritzburg United coach to remain in the Motsepe Foundation Championship side.

“I don’t think I should comment on rumours because I focus on the job,” said Maduka when asked, if the rumours were disturbing him.

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“If there is something else that has to come, it’s management that decides on that. If my boss never said anything about that, I take it as a rumour.

“I think that should be directed to the management, not to me.”

The win saw Royal Am move five points clear of the relegation/promotion playoff spot, with Thwihli Thwahla sitting on 11 points after 10 games.

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.
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