Patrick Mabedi faces test as Kaizer Chiefs interim coach

Former Malawi’s Flames captain Patrick Mabedi will take charge as his team Kaizer Chiefs face Golden Arrows in the Absa Premiership in South Africa on Tuesday.

Mabedi was appointed interim coach of the South African Premier Soccer League giants on Monday to replace Steve Komphela who resigned on Saturday.

The game against Golden Arrows is the first of three final games of the season, in which Amakhosi will also face Maritzburg United and Ajax Cape Town.

Mabedi is set to take charge until the end of the season, before a permanent replacement is announced.

“Following the resignation of head coach Steve Komphela, Kaizer Chiefs have decided that Patrick Mabedi will take charge of the first team for the remainder of the 2017/2018 season,” read a statement from the club.

The 44-year-old former Kaizer Chiefs captain, who lead the side to back-to-back league titles in the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons boasts previous head coaching experience with First Division side Cape Town All Stars.

Mabedi was recently sounded out by the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) as a part-time assistant coach of the senior national team, but decided against serving his nation in order to focus on his role as second-in-command at Naturena.

In Tuesday’s game, the former Flames captain will be assisted on the bench by former teammate and current reserve team coach Arthur Zwane.

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