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Patrick Mabedi optimistic

Patrick Mabedi

The possible re-opening of airports in South Africa has given hope to Flames legend Patrick Mabedi of returning home to seal his contract as Malawi under-20 national football team coach.

Mabedi was offered one-year deal as under-20 national coach but could not travel to finalise paper work due to travel restrictions because of Covid-19.

However, South African authorities announced that international travel could be permitted under strict conditions from October 1, 2020.

Mabedi was optimistic of coming to Malawi but could not divulge more information.

Mabedi, a former Kaizer Chiefs player and coach, has vast experience in football coaching, having once worked as Black Leopards assistant coach.

One of the local coaches Milias Jegwe Pofera said there was hope that the successful coaches would conclude deals.

“Things are slowly improving and we hope the coaches will soon get back to work for the good of the game,” Pofera said.

Blue Eagles coach De Klerk Msakakuona was also offered one -year deal as under-17 coach after emerging successful during interviews. Msakakuona was waiting for his employers Malawi Police Service for clearance.

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.

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