Royal AM set to become latest DStv Premiership outfit to overhaul technical team

John Maduka is in talks regarding a return to Royal AM after being sacked at Maritzburg United
John Maduka is in talks regarding a return to Royal AM after being sacked at Maritzburg United

The wind of change in the DStv Premiership continues with yet another imminent coaching reshuffle expected with ambitious side Royal AM set to overhaul its technical team.

KickOff can reveal that John Maduka is set to return to Shauwn Mkhize's Royal AM who he departed previously during the off-season for Maritzburg United due to some unknown issues at the club.

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The former Malawi international’s departure came as a surprise having led the club to a position three finish and qualification to the CAF Confederation Cup last season.

John Maduka

Yet at Maritzburg his stay was disappointing and short after replacing Ernst Middendorp following the German gaffer’s fourth stint with the KwaZulu-Natal club.

From the 13 games that he took charge of he only won twice – against Orlando Pirates and Chippa United – drew five and lost six before being shown the door at the beginning of November.

He left with his assistant Ditheko Mototo and with his contractual issues at Maritzburg now ironed out he has been in talks with Royal AM.

The 52-year-old is based in Durban with his family and returning to Royal AM will suit him perfectly.

Royal AM have been a pale shadow of what they were last season and now sit in the bottom half.

They started out the season with a co-coaching arrangement that had Dan Malesela, Khabo Zondo and Abram Nteo.

Malesela quickly left and returned to Marumo Gallants where he has been pushed aside while Zondo has since disappeared from the first team leaving Nteo and Posnet Omony. 

Royal AM have now won just once in the last nine games.

This website has been told that talks have been held between Maduka and Royal AM about a return.

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