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Patrick Mabedi considers Flames return

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By Ronald Mpaso:

Malawi national football team Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, (RVG) could finally have Patrick Mabedi as his assistant after indications that the former Flames captain is considering making himself available.

RVG had asked Mabedi to take up the role last year but he declined, saying he needed to concentrate on his job in a similar position at Kaizer Chiefs.

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But after the termination of his contract at Amakhosi last month, Mabedi is reported to be weighing his options.

Mabedi was fired as Chiefs’ assistant coach last month together with his boss Giovanni Solinas after a string of poor results.

The former Flames assistant trainer has been unattached since early December but, according to soccerladuma.co.za, Mabedi is working towards getting an opportunity to join another club so that he enhances his coaching career.

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The online publication reported that Mabedi has again attracted interest from the Malawi national football team.

“In March 2018, Mabedi turned down an offer made to him by the Football Association of Malawi, who at the time wanted to appoint him as assistant coach of the Flames, in preference of focusing on his duties at Chiefs.

“The 45-year-old former centre-back had been with Amakhosi since 2017, having joined the club after leaving Cape Town All Stars, who were campaigning in the National First Division at the time,” reads a report from the publication.

It quotes football agent Mpho Diokane confirming that he is working on the task to look for opportunities for Mabedi.

“I am representing Patrick Mabedi now and I can confirm that a search for a new club for him is in progress. There is an option for him to go and join the Malawian national team as they are keen on him, but the priority has always been another opportunity in the PSL, which we are still considering. However, if nothing comes out of the PSL, he would be available to consider the Malawi national team role,” Diokane adds.

Football Association of Malawi General Secretary, Alfred Gunda, said the association has noted Mabedi’s availability and appreciates his readiness to work with the Flames.

“We had indeed asked for his services last year and we also understood his reasons for failing to take up our offer. What is most important is that he is available and we have taken note. We appreciate his patriotism in offering his services to the nation,” Gunda said.

RVG was not available to comment on the development as he is taking a breather in his European home country.

The trainer is expected to return to Malawi on Monday.

However, it would be tricky for RVG to take Mabedi on board as the Belgian’s contract ends in April.

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