Billiat: We can't blame the coach

Posted: 20 December 2018 Time: 13:00

Kaizer Chiefs attacker Khama Billiat says players should take the blame for how things turned out with the club's former coach Giovanni Solinas. 

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Solinas parted ways with Amakhosi a fortnight ago and has since been replaced by German coach Ernst Middendorp, who has registered two victories in as many matches. 

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Under the guidance of Solinas, Chiefs were unable to find their rhythm and management decided to sever ties with the former Free State Stars mentor before it was too late. 

“To be honest, we did not want to be in the situation we were in [as] players, coaches, the club and supporters. No one was happy, even us we did not want to lose, but things were not working,” the former Mamelodi Sundowns player said. 

“But more the blame comes to the players because we are the ones that play, so I don’t know what we were not getting right. We can’t blame the coach at the end of the day.”

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Billiat was widely praised by Solinas who tried to build the team around the former PSL Footballer of the Year. Billiat says they may not have been able to adjust to the Italian’s philosophy.

In fact Amakhosi manager Bobby Motaung recently spoke about how there may have been some difficulty in Solinas trying to find an understanding with his players. 

“He’s a good coach. It was really great working with him. We tried by all means, he tried by all means.” 

He continued: “You could see that he was trying to teach us. Maybe we did not adjust well to his philosophy. Players come and go, coaches come and go.”

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Chiefs will take on ASSM Elgeco Plus in Madagascar this weekend in a CAF Confederation Cup first round, second leg clash. The match will be played at Stade d’Analamanga (13h30 South African time).

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Article by: Tshepang Mailwane

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