Bobby Motaung confirms Patrick Mabedi will assist new Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas
Posted: 31 July 2018 Time: 18:00
Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has confirmed that Patrick Mabedi will resume his role as assistant coach under new head coach Giovanni Solinas.
Mabedi has been at the club since his return to assist former coach Steve Komphela in July last year, following the departure of John Paintsil, and has thus far led the team on a caretaker basis.
The former Amakhosi captain has been calling the shots from the sidelines in all their pre-season friendlies, after he also took the team through their paces for the first three weeks of their return from the off-season, with the help of reserve team coach Arthur Zwane.
At his previous job in the PSL with Free State Stars, Solinas worked with ex-Bafana Bafana defender Bradley Carnell, who is now assistant coach at Major League Soccer franchise New York Red Bulls in the United States, and it was anticipated that the Italian could bring in some of his own support staff.
However, while Motaung earlier ruled Mabedi out of the running for the head coach position, he has since confirmed that the former Malawian international will continue in his capacity as assistant coach with the first team.
“Arthur is still with the MDC team, we’ve not changed much in the technical setup. Only the coach came in now, and he’ll be working with Mabedi,” confirmed Motaung.
“He’s been part of the structure even last season with Steve, and he did well when Steve left, even now with the pre-season preparations.
“The relationship between him and the coach [Solinas] now is very cordial, so we don’t have a problem with that.”
Solinas on Tuesday received his work permit in time for the club's season-opener against Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld Stadium this Saturday (15h00).