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Patrick Mabedi banks on Confederation Cup

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Kaizer Chiefs Malawian coach, Patrick Mabedi, hopes to turn the fortunes for South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs who have gone for three seasons without silverware by qualifying for the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Cup.

Mabedi told KickOff.com that finishing the season on a good note is very important in restoring supporters’ confidence in the team.

“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 table.

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“We have been going through bad times but we had to bounce back [against Maritzburg United]. 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,” Mabedi was quoted as saying.

Chiefs hope to maintain the third spot in the South Africa’s Premier Soccer League so as to make the grade for the second-tier continental competition.

Chiefs need to win their last match of the campaign against relegation-threatened Ajax Cape Town at Cape Town Stadium on May 12 to be assured of competing in the cup.

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Mabedi was handed the reins for the final three matches of the season as an interim replacement for head coach, Steve Komphela, who resigned after Chiefs’ 2-0 loss to Free State Stars in a Nedbank Cup semi-final.

The former Flames skipper started his tenure with a 3-1 league loss to Golden Arrows before his men bounced back with a 2-0 win over Maritzburg on Saturday.

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