Patrick Mabedi seeks CAF Confederation Cup consolation for Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 30 April 2018 Time: 12:00
Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Patrick Mabedi hopes to ease their fans' disappointment by qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup.
A horde of Chiefs supporters went on the rampage at Moses Mabhida Stadium on April 21 after a Nedbank Cup semi-final loss to Free State Stars condemned the Soweto giants to a third straight season without silverware under the watch of Steve Komphela.
Komphela resigned in the wake of the defeat, with his former assistant Mabedi handed the reins for the final three matches of the season.
Mabedi started his tenure with a 3-1 league loss to Golden Arrows before his men bounced back with a 2-0 win over Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
The Glamour Boys will qualify for the Confed Cup if they hold onto third spot in the standings after their last match of the campaign against relegation-threatened Ajax Cape Town at Cape Town Stadium on May 12.
Mabedi said: “I think it is very important to finish off on a good note and the last game is very important for us to win and maintain our position on the log.
“We are looking forward to finish on a good note to give something to our supporters.
“We let them down and if we can win the last match and finish third, I think it will be good for us when we start again next season and come back with the appetite of starting better.”
The former Chiefs skipper was naturally pleased with his men's response against high-flying Maritzburg.
“It was important for us to bounce back. We have been going through bad times but we had to bounce back,” Mabedi said.
“I think with the way we planned, everything went accordingly. I want to thank the players for going out there to execute whatever we planned.”