Cape Town - Kaizer
Chief's assistant coach Patrick Mabedi has turned down the opportunity
to double-up as the number two for his country after the Malawian FA
made an offer for Amakhosi's second in command to Steve Komphela.
The developments were announced by the Glamour Boy's Football Manager Bobby Motaung on the club's website.
Motaung said they received an offer
from the Malawi FA on March 5 requesting the services of Mabedi to
assist the Malawian national team on a part-time basis during FIFA
calendar dates and during the off-season.
He said the former defender who
captained the Glamour Boys and his country was grateful at the honour of
this magnitude to help his country through a service to the national
football team of his home country, but prefers focusing on the job at
"After the request came in, Chiefs
and Mabedi spoke extensively about a variety of aspects. The former
Glamour Boys captain decided to excuse himself, trusting that his
request will be accepted in the spirit of cooperation," Motaung said on
the club's website.
"We would like to continue
cooperating and collaborating with Malawi on various areas," concluded
Motaung. "We wish the Malawian national team all the best in their
Mabedi joined Chiefs at the start of
the season as Steve Komphela's assistant coach after the club parted
ways with former Ghanaian John Paintsil, who worked as the second in
command for just one season.
The 44-year old had a long career at
Chiefs during his playing days and a career in coaching includes spells
with National First Division (NFD) side, Cape Town All Stars and a
previous stint as the assistant coach for his country's national team.