Kaizer Chiefs hire Patrick Mabedi


Former Malawi’s Flames captain, Patrick Mabedi, has been appointed interim Coach of South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs—one of Africa’s biggest clubs— following the resignation of Steve Komphela on Saturday.

In a statement released on Monday, Chiefs said Mabedi, who was Komphela’s deputy and was also earmarked for a similar role in the Flames, will take charge of the club for the remainder of the 2017/2018 season.

“Mabedi will be assisted on the bench by Arthur Zwane, who is in charge of Chiefs’ reserve team. Zwane joined Amakhosi in 2000, playing for the first team until 2010. In the meantime, the search is on to find a new coach for next season,” the statement said.


Mabedi played for Chiefs from 1998 to 2006 before finishing his playing career at Moroka Swallows, where he eventually became community liason officer, youth team coach then senior team interim coach.

The 44-year-old former defender quit Swallows to work as Mpumalanga Black Aces’ assistant coach, before serving in a similar capacity with the Flames. He then picked a job as head coach for First Division side Cape Town All Stars.

With Komphela struggling to earn Chiefs silverware, the Soweto giants recalled Mabedi. Komphela resigned soon after Chiefs 2-0 loss to Free State Stars. Chiefs will finish the season without silverware for a third consecutive season.


Mabedi, who is touted as a future Flames coach, captained Chiefs to Premiership titles in 2004 and 2005 and he also won the 2001 African Cup Winners’ Cup.

Mabedi has followed in the footsteps of compatriot Jack Chamangwana who captained then coached Chiefs between 1985 and 1990.

Reacting to Mabedi’s appointment, Chamangwana Monday said: “It is good for him and Malawi. It shows that they have trust in him. To coach Chiefs is a big deal. It gives hope to Malawi football that he could become a great coach.”

Another Malawian John Maduka is an assistant coach for Bloemfontein Celtic. Kinnah Phiri and the late Matthias Mwenda are other Malawians to have coached at the highest level in South Africa.

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