- Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has confirmed that Patrick Mabedi will remain with the club
- Mabedi will continue in his current role as assistant coach under Giovanni Solinas
- Mabedi has led the team on a caretaker basis since the departure of Steve Komphela in April
Patrick Mabedi will remain with Kaizer Chiefs in his current role of assistant coach. The news was confirmed by the maverick football boss Bobby Motaung. Mabedi will serve under new head coach Giovanni Solinas.
Mabedi has led the team on a caretaker basis since the abrupt departure of Steve Komphela in April. He has been responsible for virtually all of the club’s pre-season preparations as the search for a new head coach dragged on into July.
Mabedi is likely to be relieved by the news, his position was far from guaranteed. Motaung had made it clear before Solinas was signed that the assistant coaching position was a matter for the incoming coach to decide on.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the former Kaizer Chiefs captain joined the club as the assistant coach to the doomed Komphela last July.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Mabedi was not even considered for the head coaching position by the club. Motaung made it clear that while the club’s management had complete faith in Mabedi’s ability as an assistant coach he did not have what it took to head a club with the gravitas of Kaizer Chiefs.
Motaung praised Mabedi’s performance and stability during the turbulent period which followed Komphela’s sudden departure. He also thanked Mabedi for doing a sterling job with the club during the pre-season training camps.
Motaung revealed that the relationship between Solinas and Mabedi was cordial and said the duo seemed to work well together.
Mabedi will resume his former role as assistant coach now that Solinas has taken full control and responsibility of the team. The Italian-born head coach received his work permit on Tuesday.
Kaizer Chiefs will face a tough opening match against the defending PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.
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