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Patrick Mabedi remains optimistic despite Kaizer Chiefs' loss to Mamelodi Sundowns

6:26 PM IST 23/07/18
Patrick Mabedi of Kaizer Chiefs
The Amakhosi caretaker coach is adamant that losing to Masandawana was not a train smash

Despite losing 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup on Saturday, Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Patrick Mabedi has urged fans to remain patient.

Goals by Jeremy Brockie and Themba Zwane denied the Soweto giants their second pre-season trophy.

Chiefs started their pre-season preparations at the 2018 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup last weekend where they beat Free State Stars to lift the cup.

However, speaking to the media after the match at FNB Stadium, the Malawian legend said it’s too early to judge his side because they are still preparing for the new season.

Many fans criticised the coach for his decisions during the game as he decided to replace Pule Ekstein with defender Teenage Hadebe, although they were trailing.

Amakhosi unleashed the likes of Khama Billiat who faced his former teammates for the first time, but they could not trouble Pitso Mosimane’s men as Chiefs were also erratic at the back.

The former Chiefs skipper also said the disappointment of the 2017/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season was now a thing of the past and they are looking forward to the future.

Moreover, under new coach Giovanni Solinas, who is yet to receive his work permit, they will be expected to hit the ground running come the start of the season.

“We’re in a process of pre-season. This game showed us what we need to do and what we need to work on,” Mabedi was quoted as saying by IOL.

“Sometimes, in football, you mustn’t take things at face value. It’s good to have hiccups at the beginning so that you work on them early because you’re on a mission,” the Malawian added.

“Games like this will give us opportunities as coaches to learn, pick up the mistakes and then work on them,” he continued.

“I need to give credit to the players. They did well. It’s just that when you play against a team like Sundowns, you make one mistake and they punish you,” Mabedi reacted.

“What we saw last year is history, we learned from it and we’re taking the positives to this upcoming season,” Mabedi said.

“We know where we were lacking. We played well and we had a good team last season, don’t take anything away from it. It was just unfortunate that we didn’t score goals,” he acknowledged.

“It’s important now to get the balance right. We are working on it and we have players who are capable of getting those goals. Now we have a way of working to get it right,” concluded the former skipper.