Chiefs clarify Mabedi/Malawi talk
Posted: 8 March 2018 Time: 12:27
Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Patrick Mabedi will not be taking up a new role with the Malawi senior national team, according to the club.
Mabedi was offered a job on a part-time basis by the Malawian FA earlier this week, with the former Amakhosi defender deciding not to accept.
The 44-year-old, who was appointed second-in-command to Steve Komphela at the start of the season, was earmarked for the same position for his country.
Despite the reports circulating in the Malawian media earlier this week, head coach Komphela was unaware of the development at the club's media day on Thursday, and made a brief comment on the presumption that it were true.
"Not that I know, I don't know where you get that one, Chad," responded Komphela on being asked what it would mean for their working relationship.
"If there are reports coming from Malawi, Chiefs will deal with that, but it can only point at the quality of the man we have at Chiefs."
Chiefs have since confirmed the approach from the Malawi FA for the services of Mabedi, but say he has instead opted to focus solely on his club duties at this stage, as they vie for the Nedbank Cup and refuse to concede the league championship.
'Kaizer Chiefs received an e-mail on 5 March from Walter Nyamilandu-Mandu, the president of the Football Association of Malawi, requesting the services of Patrick Mabedi to assist the Malawian national team on a part-time basis during FIFA calendar dates and during the off-season,' read a statement on the club's website.
'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.'
The club further expressed their support for Mabedi's decision as well as their gratitude to the Malawi FA, while sharing their well wishes going forward.
“We want to express gratitude at the consideration of one of our technical team members being called up to serve the country of Malawi,” commented Chiefs' football manager Bobby Motaung.
“We would like to continue cooperating and collaborating with Malawi on various areas. We wish the Malawian national team all the best in their upcoming matches.”