Magnificent Mabedi ready to roll
Magnificent Mabedi ready to roll

Posted in News on Aug 26, 2002.

Malawian international defender Patrick Mabedi is ready to resume action following a four-month lay-off due to injury. The no-nonsense defender hopes to make his comeback in the Cosafa Cup final against South Africa in September.

Mabedi last played competitive football on April 21 in the Premier League match against Jomo Cosmos at Mmabatho Stadium.

A double-footed challenge by hard-tackling Cosmos defender Andrew Rabutla, who only escaped with a yellow card, badly caught Mabedi on the right leg and the Malawian could no longer take part in the game. He was replaced by Zimbabwean Tenashe Nengomasha.

Earlier this month Mabedi was called up to the Malawian squad for the Cosafa Cup semifinal clash against Zamabia but could not make the trip as Amakhosi doctors felt he was not yet ready. He later made a first half appearance in a pre-season friendly match against Manning Rangers and scored a penalty in the 2-1 defeat.

"I did not feel any pain at all and I am ready to resume action,” says Mabedi. “Well I also hope to get a chance to play for my country Malawi in the Cosafa Cup final.”

Amakhosi, who were scheduled to kick-off their league campaign on August 25 against Sundowns, will have to wait until September 7 to launch and assault on the Premiership.

They will host their hoodoo side Ajax Cape Town at Ellis Park, that is, if the PSL fixtures are not reshuffled again. Mabedi is expected to play in that match though not for the full duration.

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