Former Malawi’s Flames assistant coach, Patrick Mabedi, has said he is ready to jump at an opportunity to coach South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs on a permanent basis.
“Of course, I would be interested,” the former Flames defender told South Africa’s Kick- Off.com yesterday. “When you are there, you cannot say no if you are given something.”
Mabedi, who served as the Flames’ assistant coach in 2013 and 2015 under Eddingtone Ng’onamo and Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan, respectively, has put himself in contention for the tough job in South Africa.
After stepping in for his fired boss, Steve Komphela, the former Flames skipper posted two wins and one loss as Chiefs secured Confederation Cup slot after finishing on third place on the South Africa Premier Soccer League log table.
Mabedi, who is highly-qualified and also impressed while coaching First Division side, Cape Town All Stars, in South Africa, believes that he has amassed enough experience. He was also caretaker coach for Moroka Swallows.
“I was the assistant coach, and I have been the interim coach for the last few games. My objective was to finish well in the last two games and I think I did that,” he is quoted as saying.
The former Flames defender has since earned praises from Muhsin Ertugral, his former boss at Mpumalanga Black Aces in South Africa.
Ertugral, who coaches Ajax Cape Town, praised Mabedi before playing against Chiefs on Saturday in the final game of the season in South Africa.
Chiefs, the team Ertugral managed when Mabedi was a player, won the game 2-1.
“As a player, I loved Patrick. With the success I had at Chiefs, Patrick was always the cornerstone of my team. He was an explosive player; you could dribble past him, but he would get back again. He was also tactically quite advanced, which is why I believe in his coaching abilities.
“You can see he has already changed the way Chiefs play, in that they now use a back-four. He knows how to defend, and he knows how I think,” the Turkish coach told www.iol.co.za
Earlier, the Flames Coach, Ronny van Geneugden, wanted to make Mabedi his assistant but Chiefs refused to release him. He is contracted to the Soweto giants until next year. Chiefs are hunting for a coach.