Bobby reveals final straw for Solinas

Posted: 11 December 2018 Time: 19:30

Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung says their CAF Confederation Cup defeat to Zimamoto was the last straw for coach Giovanni Solinas. 

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Amakhosi won the first leg preliminary-round tie against the side from Zanzibar 4-0 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, but lost the second leg away from home 2-1.

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This was just a few days after they were beaten 2-1 by Golden Arrows in the Absa Premiership, as pressure continued to mount on the Italian mentor who was released just just four months into his three-year contract with the Soweto giants. 

Chiefs never really got going under the guidance of Solinas and the defeat to Zimamoto was a clear example of this. The former Free State Stars coach could not find a reliable centre-back pairing, while he kept making changes in the middle of the park with George Maluleka, Pule Ekstein and Siphelele Ntshangase all being in and out of the team.

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Before the defeat to Zimamoto, Chiefs had been talking to new coach Ernst Middendorp, who takes charge of his first match on Wednesday night against SuperSport United at Mbombela Stadium. 

“The last straw was obviously the last result we got [against Zimamoto] and the performance we got last week in Tanzania. We’ve been assessing the team, the only thing was the candidate. We were looking at the person we wanted to bring in on board,” Motaung said.

“Obviously to do that you don’t just do a thumb suck. We had to review and do our own analysis that we normally do when we look for coaches. We thought we needed someone who has got knowledge of the team and who has got experience here, and who has the pedigree of Ernst.”

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Article by: Tshepang Mailwane

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