Patrick Mabedi has not had the best of starts to his coaching career at South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Black Leopards but the former Flames captain hopes to turn the corner.
Leopards have lost by 1-0 margins to Kaizer Chiefs and Polokwane City in the PSL season to sit second from bottom of the 16-member log table without a point from two games.
But the assistant coach Mabedi Wednesday attributed the defeats to the absence of key players, including compatriot Robert Ng’ambi who is injured.
“So far, so good,” the former Flames assistant coach said.
“We are talking about players such as [Mwape] Musonda— our top scorer for last season—[Magakalodi] Ngele, Karabo [Tshepe], just to mention a few, being absent.”
Mabedi, who alongside Bloemfontein Celetic’s John Maduka are future Flames coaching prospects, gave a technical analysis of Leopards weaknesses.
“There is big progress and we are heading in the right direction. We have lost two games but the team is doing well. It is only about getting our players back as soon as possible from injury,” he said.
“In the two games we lost, we conceded from set-plays while last year we conceded from open play. However, we are working on it. Definitely, we will return to winning ways.”
Mabedi, who was also part of Kaizer Chiefs coaching panel last season, is the assistant to head French coach Lionel Soccoia.