Royal AM head coach John Maduka says their current situation in the DSTV Premiership may look difficult, but he is prepared to “soldier on” until his team turn the corner.
Maduka, whose men visit SuperSport United at 7.30 pm on Thursday, agrees that the number of games they have lost so far should be a big concern, but says he’s satisfied with support structures put in place by his bosses.
He said on Tuesday it is encouraging that the management is also working very hard to change things that may be seen as disturbing the side.
“Although it’s not our job to worry about what’s going on in the boardroom, it brings a lot of hope to see that our management is not just resting but working their socks off to face things head on,” he said.
Our job is to make sure that all the players are focused as we plan for the next game. Remember, players are here to play, just as the technical staff is here to coach.
When asked if it was difficult to keep his players focused and motivated with all the negative allegations about the team, his bosses and the taxman, Maduka said administration work was handled by officials in the office, not him.
As I indicated, our work is on the field of play.
Although Maduka is a respected coach, football tradition says the ongoing below-par performances and negative results may put his employment at risk.
We are trying our best to change the situation. Our positive mentality will play a big role in changing things around. About my position, coaches around the country are always at risk and sometimes their future is unpredictable.
“I must again say to you that we consider ourselves very lucky, because the support we get from our bosses is just unbelievable.”
DSTV Premiership fixtures
SuperSport Utd v Royal AM — 7.30 pm
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City — 7.30 pm
Golden Arrows v Kaizer Chiefs — 3.30 pm
Chippa Utd v AmaZulu — 5.45pm
TS Galaxy v Sekhukhune Utd — 3.30 pm
Richards Bay v Cape Town City — 3.30 pm