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Kaizer Chiefs legend Patrick Mabedi gets Malawi’s top coaching job

Kaizer Chiefs legend Patrick Mabedi has been hired as Malawi’s Flames coach on a permanent contract.

Mabedi, the former Chiefs skipper, has earned a two-year contract, according to Football Association of Malawi (FAM).

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How former Chiefs legend Mabedi got Malawi job?

Mabedi got the job after impressing FAM while serving the Flames in a caretaker capacity.

“Specific targets and a roadmap have been established to support continuous high-performance standards,” the statement reads.

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Mabedi’s target with Flames

“The overarching vision is for the Flames to qualify for the 2025 AFCON tournament in Morocco.” Mabedi has been tasked with another target of “finishing in the top-two of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.”

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What are Mabedi’s additional targets?

Mabedi’s additional targets includes “Achieving at least a semi-final placement in the COSAFA tournament…” The Malawi FA appointed the former Flames defender following its technical sub-committee’s recommendations.

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“The committee has full confidence in Mr Mabedi’s abilities to steer this ambitious project toward success,” the statement adds. “Mabedi’s appointment is contingent upon reaching an agreement on the specified targets and personal terms.”

When does the ex-Chiefs coach start his Malawi reign?

The coach will start his full-time reign in the forthcoming 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifiers. The Flames team will face Liberia in Monrovia and Tunisia in Lilongwe in November 2023.

The ex-Chiefs coach took over the Flames job in temporary capacity from his sacked boss Mario Marinica in April this year. The former Moroka Swallows defender presided over eight games across competitions in the interim role.

Mabedi won three games—all at the 2023 Cosafa Cup—and drew five. The Flames drew 0-0 with Ethiopia, Mozambique (1-1), Guinea (2-2), Lesotho (1-1) and South Africa (0-0). Malawi beat Comoros 2-0, Zambia 1-0 and Seychelles 2-0—all the games at the 2023 Cosafa Cup held in Durban, South Africa, in July.

How the Malawian started his coaching career

Mabedi started off his coaching career in an interim role at Swallows. He then moved to work as Mpumalanga Black Aces assistant to Muhsin Ertugral in 2015. The pair had worked together at Chiefs where Ertugral was in charge.

Mabedi finally took charge of his own mantle at Cape Town All Stars in the second-tier league. Only for Chiefs to come again with an offer to serve as Steve Komphela’s deputy in 2017.

The Malawian was then to work under Giovanni Solinas a year later at Amakhosi. With Solinas eventually sacked, Black Leopards hired Mabedi to work under Lionel Soccoia.  

The inevitable happened as the duo got fired in 2019. Mabedi returned to Malawi to serve as under-20 coach before serving under Romanian Marinica.


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