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Patrick Mabedi eager to complete Under-20 deal

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Flames legend Patrick Mabedi has said he is ready to report for duty as Malawi under-20 national football team coach once travel restrictions have been lifted in South Africa.

Mabedi alongside Blue Eagles mentor Deklerk Msakakuona were offered one-year deals as Malawi under-20 and under-17 national football team coach, respectively.

Both Mabedi and Msakakuona have reportedly accepted the offer but have not signed the contracts due to various reasons.

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Mabedi cannot travel as he is still under lockdown in South Africa whereas Msakakuona is in discussion with his employers Malawi Police Service.

In an interview, Mabedi said he had already communicated with Ministry of Youth and Sports on the issue.

“Remember we are under lockdown here and once there is available flight I will be there. That is what has delayed me. We communicate with Sports ministry and they are aware of the situation,” Mabedi said in written response last week.

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Mabedi disclosed that he turned few offers from Premier Soccer League teams while waiting for the offer from government.

However, Msakakuona could not answer his mobile phone yesterday.

Msakakuona is currently the longest serving coach in the TNM Super League at one club having been at Eagles for 11 years. During his reign as Eagles coach, Msakakuona has won four trophies namely the Standard Bank Cup, Carlsberg Cup, Airtel Top 8 Cup and the Fisd Challenge Cup.

Once the deals have been concluded, both Mabedi and Msakakuona will be given freedom to appoint assistants in conjunction with Football Association of Malawi (Fam).

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