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John Maduka welcomes Bloemfontein Celtic's goalkeeper headache

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Jackson Mabokgwane of Bloemfontein Celtic during the 2020 MTN8 quarterfinal match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria, on 18 October.
Jackson Mabokgwane of Bloemfontein Celtic during the 2020 MTN8 quarterfinal match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria, on 18 October.
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Bloemfontein Celtic head coach John Maduka is delighted to have two excellent goalkeepers at his disposal in Jackson Mabokgwane and Sipho Chaine.

During the bio-bubble phase of last season, Chaine was the preferred choice between the sticks for Phunya Sele Sele, but Mabokgwane showcased his talents in the 1-0 MTN8 quarterfinal win over Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.

The 32-year-old earned the Man of the Match award for his performance against Masandawana, providing Maduka with a tough decision regarding team selection.

“Those two goalkeepers [Mabokgwane and Chaine], they compete. They compete in each and every training session. Chaine, the one who’d been playing, and Mabokgwane I can say that they are on the same level," said Maduka.

"They are more on the same level that anytime you can use any of them, so it’s always good to know for the team that both of them are in a very good form."

Despite Mabokgwane's top-class performance, Maduka says he is considering starting Chaine in the DStv Premiership clash against Golden Arrows on Saturday as he looks to rotate the two goalkeepers.

"What we said to ourselves is that because at this moment they’re both on top of their game, it's very important to rotate them so that one doesn’t get rusty. We want to make sure that both of them get game time," added Maduka.

"Who knows? You might see Chaine next week. It’s not like Chaine did anything wrong, Chaine has been doing well."

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