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Giovanni Solinas comments on Orlando Pirates coaching link

Posted: 11 January 2017 Time: 17:19

Giovanni Solinas has provided KickOff.com with some comment on his future amidst reported interest from Orlando Pirates.

Solinas’s exit from Free State Stars was confirmed by the club today as Serame Letsoaka took his place in Bethlehem, as reported by this website on Tuesday.

When asked if he will be taking the job in Parktown and be reunited with his former assistant coach Bradley Carnell, Solinas appeared to be tongue-tied.

“At the moment I don’t know, I don’t know. Because at the moment I need a few days to solve this problem [with Stars], I don’t know,” he tells KickOff.com. “At the moment I can only tell you I don’t have a job and I’m unemployed.”

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The first Italian to work as a head coach in South Africa’s top-flight did, however, admit that he intends to continue working in the PSL.

“Yes [I would love to], I love South Africa and I have fallen in love with this country. I stayed very comfortably and very well in South Africa,” he says.

“The people are very kind, very friendly … I love this country and I love South African people. But I’m hopeful to be back in coaching.”

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The former ES Setif coach, who helped Ea Lla Koto reach the Nedbank Cup semi-final last season and the Telkom Knockout semi-final during this campaign, says he tried hard to reach a compromise to stay in the Free State, but it didn’t work out.

“It was mutual consent because the vision about the team was different,” he explains of his sudden departure. “I remain in a good relationship with the management, especially with Rantsi Mokoena and he’s a very good person, but I have intentions and I know my principles.

“Okay, we tried to compromise and we spoke about it but I think the one way and you think the other way, so me, I stay in my position, you stay in your position.”

Solinas was in charge of 12 Free State Stars matches in all competitions this season. He won five, lost five and drew two.

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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