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Maduka Relieved To Have Finally Won

Royal AM coach John Maduka breathed a huge sigh of relief after his side won for the first very time this season when they defeated TS Galaxy at Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday.

Veteran defender Thabo Matlaba scored a worthy goal to win the match, slicing through Galaxy players in the first half before plundering a powerful shot at the far corner.    

Maduka, despite his side in trouble with FIFA which he is aware of, was starting to look over his shoulders as they had lost two and drawn one of the first three matches before the Galaxy game.

“Eish man, we really needed this one,” Maduka told iDiski Times.

It was nine games Royal AM had not won a match stretching back to last season, with the club’s last victory coming against Stellenbosch FC in April.

“It is not easy to have gone that long, but as coaches we have to keep on trying and make sure that the players understand that for us to win, no one is going to win them for us,” he added.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, but we must work very hard, make the intention clear that whenever we go to the game we go to the match with the belief that we are going to win the match and it came exactly like that.

“So I’m very proud of the boys.”

Maduka, who helped Royal AM to finish third in the 2021//22 season in the club’s first season in the top flight, will hope to kick on from this as they visit Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday (19:30).

However, they have not been good travellers and last season, only three of the nine wins they got came away from home.

It was also three away wins two seasons ago where they reached the dizzy heights in their first campaign in the top flight after club boss Shauwn Mkhize bought the status of Bloemfontein Celtic in 2021.

“This is something our team has to improve on, especially in away games from home, we haven’t been doing well even last season,” acknowledged Maduka.

“We have not been good travellers and we want to try and change that. We lost the first game (away) to Orlando Pirates and our next game we want to go and change that, get some points because we lost some points here (at home).” 

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.