Patrick Mabedi admits to difficult times at Kaizer Chiefs

Patrick Mabedi of Kaizer Chiefs
The coach has opened up about how important it was to bounce back against the Team of Choice

Kaizer Chiefs coach Patrick Mabedi says they had to turn the corner at home as they claimed a 2-0 win over Maritzburg United in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Saturday afternoon.

The Soweto giants had to avoid a third loss in all competitions and have leapfrogged the Team of Choice to secure third spot on the league table.

In the wake of Chiefs' most recent victory, the Malawian international led Amakhosi to a huge win courtesy of goals from Gustavo Paez and Dumisani Zuma.

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As they are battling for the third spot with Fadlu Davids’ men, Chiefs are on the verge of reaching the Caf Confederation Cup.

They now have 45 points from 29 matches in the league and will be determined to beat Ajax Cape Town away in Cape Town in their final match of the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League term.

Mabedi praised his team’s efforts and emphasised the importance of bouncing back to winning ways after losing to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup and Golden Arrows in the league last week.

“It’s important that we bounced back,” said the coach to the club’s website.

“We have been through difficult times, but everything went according to our plans today – a big thank you to the players for executing the plan,” he continued.

“You have to be mentally strong. However, when I was still playing and captaining the club, you have to be mentally strong as well. So I was prepared,” he said.

“The system depends on the opponent. We thought that the 4-4-2 system could help us against Maritzburg United and it worked out nicely,” he reacted.

“The win against Maritzburg will give us confidence going into the Ajax game. It’s our objective to fight for third position and qualifying for the African (Caf) Confederation Cup,” said the former skipper.

“But Ajax (Cape Town) have a good side and they are fighting to survive relegation. We will plan to go out there, be professional and do our job. It will be a tough game, but we are definitely eying third spot,” he concluded.