- Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Patrick Mabedi has served as interim coach since Steve Komphela’s departure from the side in April
- Despite this Mabedi faces an uncertain future at the club
- The incoming coach will decide whether he will keep Mabedi as part of the technical team or use his own assistant
Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Patrick Mabedi has in many ways been an unsung hero at the club since April. Mabedi was forced to take the reins and act as interim coach after Steve Komphela quit as head coach.
Mabedi has looked after the players in the final stages of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) season and more recently took charge of the squad when pre-season training started on Monday.
Despite this herculean effort, Mabedi faces an uncertain future at the Naturena. While no-one will argue that he deserves his spot in the technical team the club has publicly stated that the decision on whether Mabedi stays or not will rest in the hands of the incoming coach.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung said incoming coaches usually bring their own assistants with whom they prefer to work. Motaung said the option existed for Mabedi to remain as a second assistant if the new coach wanted him to remain at the club.
Motaung said it was impossible to know what the situation would be in regards to the assistant coach position because the club had not yet signed a head coach.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Motaung seemed to praise Mabedi and said he hoped the assistant would form part of the technical team going forward.
Kaizer Chiefs have been searching for a new coach since Komphela quit in the aftermath of the club’s loss in the Nedbank Cup semi-final in Durban at the end of April.
The match will be remembered for the chaos when angry Amakhosi fans stormed the pitch at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and caused millions of rand in damages.
Motaung admitted that the search for a new coach had been incredibly challenging, he also admitted that the club had lost three possible candidates to other African clubs.
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has been liked with a return to the club despite having a contract with SAFA until July 2022.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Baxter and Bafana officials were engaged in crunch talks regarding his future.
TimesLive.co.za reported that Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung had personally engaged in negotiations with SAFA president Danny Jordaan in an effort to secure the services of Baxter.
SAFA officials are said to be open to allowing Baxter to leave early but want his contract to be terminated by mutual consent in order to avoid paying huge financial penalties for breach of contract.
Meanwhile, Bobby Motaung said part of the challenge of appointing a new coach was making sure that person would settle into the club as quickly as possible and understood the challenges which make the PSL unique.
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