FORMER South African international, Fabian McCarthy, has praised Kaizer Chiefs for hiring Patrick Mabedi as assistant coach for the struggling Premier Soccer League (PSL) side.
McCarthy told the online edition of South Africa’s Kick-Off football magazine on Thursday that Mabedi knows Chiefs inside-out having played for them from 1999 to 2005.
“Congratulations to my former captain and friend, Patrick Mabedi. I was glad that the team looked at him and gave him this opportunity. So, I hope he will make a positive impact,” McCarthy, who played alongside the Malawian at Chiefs between 2003 and 2006, told KickOff. com.
“He understands and he knows the team. He went away and did his coaching things [courses], and he proved that he has what it takes to sit on the bench next to coach Steve Komphela. So, I wish him all the best and I wish the team all the best.”
Mabedi enjoyed a glittering career with Chiefs, winning with them three PSL titles and cups. Chiefs hired Mabedi last month to replace Ghanaian John Painstil as the right hand-man for Coach Komphela.
Mabedi, who joined Chiefs from Nyasa Big Bullets, will be Komphela’s third assistant coach alongside the likes of Doctor Khumalo.
The former Flames skipper boasts Uefa A-Licence and, apart from serving as Malawi assistant coach to Eddingtone Ngónamo, Belgian Tom Saintfiet and Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, also coached Cape Town All Stars in South Africa last season.
Chiefs released Mabedi towards the twilight of his career in 2006 and he went on to play briefly for Moroka Swallows. Upon retirement, the former sweeper also served as Swallows’ youth team coach, community liason officer then senior team caretaker coach.
In the 2015 season, Mabedi worked as assistant mentor for Mpumalanga Black Aces.
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