MaMkhize left stunned with club's biggest resignation!

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Royal AM boss Shauwn Mkhize (pictured) has finally opened up about John Maduka’s resignation.Photo by Jabulani langa
Royal AM boss Shauwn Mkhize (pictured) has finally opened up about John Maduka’s resignation.Photo by Jabulani langa

ROYAL AM boss Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize confirmed she was left stunned by the resignation of coach John Maduka to join provincial rivals, Maritzburg United.

She said she had to cut her overseas trip short and return to South Africa to hear why Maduka decided to quit.

MaMkhize said club CEO Sinky Mnisi told her Maduka asked for a mutual termination, and there was nothing else she could have done but grant him that and find an “ideal” replacement to continue with the brand.

“I must be honest, Maduka leaving the club was a surprise to me,” said MaMkhize.

“I need someone who will not change the style of football that we’re playing. But I must admit, I’m sad that he left. I wish him all the best.”

Maduka stunned many when he decided to leave Royal AM after he helped the KwaZulu-Natal club finish third in the DStv Premiership and qualify for the Caf Confederation Cup.

During his unveiling by Maritzburg last week, Maduka said: “It was a decision that one had to make. You know, in life you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow.”

SunSport learnt Maduka was going to leave anyway because he doesn’t have a Caf A Pro License to sit on the bench in the Confed Cup as required by the Confederation of African Football.

Caf stated all coaches who will be coaching in the Confed Cup and Champions League must have a Caf A or Caf Pro license to coach in these competitions.

Mkhize said, they will have a coach next season. According to SunSport sources, Mnisi is set to decide on Gavin Hunt, Cavin Johnson or Owen Da Gama, who all have the required coaching licenses to lead the club in Africa for the first time in their history.

“When I return from overseas, I’ll hold a press conference and by that time I’d have found a coach,” she said.

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