John Maduka on Sunday led Celtic to their second semifinal since taking over as head coach in July this year
The ex-flames midfield workerhoric’s side overcame Mamelodi Sundowns with a 1-0 win in the MTN8 quarter-finals, in what can seemingly be described as a sweet revenge for Maduka.
In September, Maduka’s quest to become Celtic’s first coach to grab the Nedbank Cup hit a snag after the Phunya Sele Sele lost 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup final.
Victor Letsoalo nodded a free kick from Sifiso Ngobeni beyond a scrambling Denis Onyango in the 68th minute, to hand a bad start the Brazilians a bad start to the era without Pitso Mosimane.
“We knew if we defended well we knew that we’d be able to win the game.
Meanwhile, we can’t talk about winning the cup before we get past the next stage of the tournament but we are looking forward to it”, Maduka told a post-match interview.
Celtic would be bidding for their first major piece of silverware since lifting the Telkom Knockout in 2012.
Interestingly, Celtic beat Sundowns in that Telkom Knockout final, a result which cost the job of then Downs coach Johan Neeskens who was replaced by Pitso Mosimane.
Since taking over the mantle in July this year, Maduka’s Celtic has only lost once in at least ten games he has been in charge.
Apart from helping the team secure a top eight finish in the 2019/2020 Absa Premier League finish, Maduka has further secured the Phunya Sele Sele a slot into in next season’s Caf Confederation Cup.
Meanwhile, Flames skipper Limbikani Mzava has joined Amazulu after being dumped by Highlands Park at the end of the 2019/2020 season.