Kaizer Chiefs legend Patrick Mabedi knows all about pressure from his playing days
Posted: 24 April 2018 Time: 18:30
Patrick Mabedi will go down as one of Kaizer Chiefs’ most successful captains in the PSL era and now needs to his leadership qualities to inspire a group of players who may be low in confidence.
Mabedi, who has been appointed interim coach following the departure of Steve Komphela over the weekend, was a calm figure on the pitch for Amakhosi during his playing days, playing a key role at the back alongside Fabian McCarthy as the Soweto giants won back-to-back league titles under the late Ted Dumitru.
As he begins the first of the three games he has been asked to take charge of tonight, Mabedi will know the type of pressure he is under and has to ensure fourth-placed Chiefs do not slip further down the Absa Premiership standings. Chiefs finished fourth in Komphela's first season in 2015/16, before ending the following campaign a spot below.
Mabedi, a man who was all about winning during his time as a player, will no doubt want to ensure the Soweto giants improve on the last two seasons’ league positions, rather than slip down the table.
They have a realistic chance of qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup by finishing in third place and he will probably use this as reason for the players to finish the campaign with all nine points on offer.
His first task is to face Golden Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium tonight (19h30), a tough match against a side that is not safe from relegation.
They have to quickly forget about the dramatic weekend they had, which saw coach Komphela resigning after a Nedbank Cup semi-final defeat to Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium, where violence erupted as fans went on the rampage.