Maduka cherishes PSL top-8 finish after missing Nedbank Cup

John Maduka

Former Malawi national team captain, John Maduka's dream of clinching one of South Africa's top trophies Nedbank Cup hit a snag as his Bloemfontein Celtic went 1-0 down to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Despite their grand performance in the first half, Celtics had to give in to pressure by the South Africa's Premier League champions in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Although all odds were for Sundowns, after winning the league and Telkom cup, to the Malawian coach what matters is finishing in the PSL's top Eight.

The issue at the moment is that Sundowns used a suspended player Tebogo Langerman.

"A thing I've just learned is that Mamelodi Sundowns used one of the players that was on suspension but I'll leave it to the officials to deal with that.

"We were not sure what was happening, the fourth official saying he had to do with one player at the time so we had to wait, spent about four or five minutes waiting but it's one of those things.

"It's been a good season under difficult conditions but we managed to finish in the top eight, we managed to get into the final. So we have done well, the guys have done well, I'm so proud of them," he told the media after the match.

Maduka was promoted to the coaching task some months ago and had gone eight games unbeaten in all competitions before the Nedbank final.

Despite the loss to the Brazilians, the Phunya Sele Sele boys are assured of the CAF Confederations participation since Orlando already qualified.