Kaizer Chiefs have announced that Patrick Mabedi will take over as interim head coach of the first team for the remainder of the season.
Steve Komphela stepped down from his post following the 2-0 defeat to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals and the fan violence that followed the full-time whistle.
Komphela was in charge of the Amakhosi for three years and failed to win a single trophy during his reign.
The Chiefs’ announcement read: ‘Following the resignation of head coach Steve Komphela, Kaizer Chiefs have decided that Patrick Mabedi will take charge of the first team for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. The Malawian was the assistant to Komphela.’
Mabedi played for the Soweto Giants from 1998 to 2006. The former defender captained the side to back-to-back Premiership titles in 2004 and 2005, while he was also part of the team that won glory on the African continent, winning the 2001 African Cup Winners’ Cup. The 44-year-old returned to Chiefs at the beginning of this season from Cape Town All Stars, where he was the head coach.
‘Mabedi will be assisted on the bench by Arthur Zwane, who is in charge of Chiefs’ reserve team. Zwane joined Amakhosi in 2000, playing for the first team until 2010.
‘In the meantime, the search is on to find a new coach for next season,’ concluded the statement.
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