Absa Premiership

Mabedi turns down Malawi to focus on Chiefs

2018-03-08 14:34
Steve Komphela (Gallo Images)

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 Chiefs.

"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 upcoming matches."

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.

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