Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Patrick Mabedi uncertain about his future at the club

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The former Amakhosi skipper says his task is to do his job and his future will be decided by their bosses

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Patrick Mabedi says he cannot talk about his future for now because his primary focus is on helping the club regain stability.

The former Amakhosi defender was handed the coaching reigns as caretaker boss after Steve Komphela’s immediate resignation last weekend.

Chiefs lost 2-0 to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-final last Saturday at Moses Mabhida Stadium in a match that sparked anger and violence from the club’s faithful supporters.

Resulting from that defeat, the Naturena-based club announced that the former Malawian international has been tasked with overseeing the remaining three league matches of their 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) term.

His first assignment was in a league match against Golden Arrows at King Zwelithini Stadium where they succumbed to a 3-1 loss on Tuesday night.

Speaking about his future, the former Cape Town All Stars manager said he is not in a position to decide on his future at the club, rather suggesting that results will determnine his future.

“In football you don’t talk about the future. I always say only God knows about your future. My task is to go out there and do the job,” said the coach after the match.

"I can’t make the call about my future. It is the people who assess my job who will be able to say I’m good or bad,” he explained.

“I just have to go out there and do my job normally and let whoever will decide, make up their minds," he continued.

Speaking after the violent scenes which they experienced in Durban where fans invaded the pitch baying for their blood, Mabedi acknowledged that the players are still traumatised.

Moreover, the Flames legend will have to work on his charges’ mental strength as they now prepare to face the high flying Maritzburg United on Saturday at FNB Stadium.

The 44-year-old's start against Abafana Bes’thende means he faces an uphill battle as they will wrap up their league campaign with a clash against the bottom-placed Ajax Cape Town away in the Mother City on May 12.

“It happened the way it happened (Mabhida incident). You can’t say you are going to change anything quickly. You need to adapt and go on," Mabedi added.

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"I think it was traumatic for the players. They were also affected. I think we just need to accept what happened and move on. We don’t have to make excuses," he concluded.

 

 

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