Former Malawi National Football Team’s assistant coach, Patrick Mabedi, has resigned as Head Coach of Cape Town All Stars FC, barely three weeks at the helm of the South Africa First Division side.
The former Flames’ captain Tuesday confirmed that he threw in the towel—after two games in charge—due to a fall-out with Assistant Coach, Dylan Deane. The Daily Times was unable to talk to Deane.
“I don’t want to work with the assistant I found here. Players don’t like him and he gives wrong information. I am proud that I never lost a game. I played two derbies [against FC Cape Town and Milano United] and drew both. We outplayed both teams and missed many chances, including a penalty in the last game [against Milano],” he explained.
“I found players in bad condition—technically and tactically, but I made them better. I was on the right track, but I personally cannot work with the assistant that I do not trust. The chairman likes him so I have to resign.”
The former Bata Bullets and Kaizer Chiefs’ captain last worked for a month as a deputy to the then Flames’ caretaker coach, Nsanzurwimo Ramadhan.
With Football Association of Malawi in the hunt for a head coach, Mabedi has not ruled out a return to the Flames.
“There are a few teams interested in my services in the Premier Soccer League and the National First Division, but I am always available for my country. I love my country,” he said.
Mabedi, most recently, worked as an assistant to Muhsin Ertugral at Mpumalanga Black Aces in the South Africa Premiership. However, Aces sold their Premiership status and Ertugral picked a job at Orlando Pirates.
Mabedi claimed that he turned down an offer to work with Ertugral at Pirates as his loyalty is to rivals, Chiefs.
When hiring him last month, Stars’ General Manager, Faeez Dulvie, praised the Malawian’s pedigree.
“Patrick is an ambitious young coach who is highly qualified, having done his Uefa A and B Licences in Germany. We expect him to bring renewed energy and enthusiasm to the team as we look to turn around a poor start to the campaign,” Dulvie wrote in a statement.
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