BY RONALD MPASO:
South Africa’s Premier Soccer League giants, Kaizer Chiefs, have ruled out the possibility of hiring former Flames skipper, Patrick Mabedi, as the club’s head coach.
Chiefs Football Manager, Bobby Motaung, told Kick- Off.com that there was no chance for Mabedi to occupy the hot seat as he believes the Malawian is not ready for such as challenge.
“Mabedi definitely will never be the head coach of Kaizer Chiefs. He is a caretaker coach. He has been an assistant; that is why we got him as an assistant. He has got quality; he is delivering as an assistant. But being a head coach is something else,” Motaung told the website.
Mabedi has been Chiefs’ acting coach since the resignation of Steve Komphela in April after three years without silverware.
He said Chiefs appreciate Mabedi’s contribution to the team as a player and coach; hence, the club’s commitment to continue supporting him.
“But Mabedi, so far, is under good structures. He has shown it under pressure in the last three games [of last season], not because he is the hero but because of the structures of the organisation.
“We will support him all the way but coaching Chiefs is running a government. We must make sure we are sober and make the right decision,” Motaung is quoted as saying.
Mabedi is training the team in the pre-season and is expected to lead it on Saturday in the Maize Cup against Chippa United, Free State Stars and ABC Motsepe outfit Buya Msuthu.
The Glamour Boys are also expected to play champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, a week later in another pre-season cup.
Reports in the South African press are rife that Chiefs could re-unite with their former mentor, Stuart Baxter, who is coaching Bafana Bafana.
Baxter’s return would not be good news for Mabedi as the Englishman is understood to be in favour of working with the club’s legend, Doctor Khumalo.
But a former Chiefs and Bafana Bafana player, Patrick Mayo, sympathised with Mabedi, saying bringing in a new head coach will be a setback for the club.
“Mabedi will work hard in the pre-season and a new face might come and change all of the ideas and Mabedi will now look useless,” Mayo told Goal. com.