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Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas hoping Lorenzo Gordinho returns from Bloemfontein Celtic

Posted: 20 August 2018 Time: 08:18

Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas had made it clear he wants Lorenzo Gordinho back at the club but says the matter is out of his hands.

Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung on Thursday announced Amakhosi are trying to cut short Gordinho's 12-month loan spell at cash-strapped Bloemfontein Celtic.

He said the player wants to return to Naturena due to 'reported problems the club has been going through'.

However, Celtic - who are set change ownership pending PSL approval - are standing firm that Gordinho will only leave them when his loan deal expires in December.

The 24-year-old played for Siwelele in their 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates at Free State Stadium on Sunday.

Solinas was reluctant to comment on the matter, but believes Gordinho would aid his rearguard, which came under scrutiny following a bad mistake at the back in a 1-1 draw with Baroka last week.

"I don't want to speak too much about the issue of Lorenzo Gordinho, because at the moment he's not a Kaizer Chiefs player," Solinas said after his side registered a goalless draw with 10-man Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.

"I can say only one thing; me, I like Lorenzo Gordinho. For me he's a very good player but at the moment he's a Celtic player, so I don't want to speak too much about Gordinho because I respect Celtic, the club and also Steve Komphela's job.

"So for me he's a very good player. The two clubs are talking and I don't know. I'm hoping for a positive decision for us. Because, in my own opinion, he can help our team and our job."

Amakhosi sent Gordinho to Phunya Sele Sele as part of the deal to sign Kabelo Mahlasela when Steve Komphela was in charge of the Glamour Boys last season.

Gordinho's exit was a surprise as he had established himself at the Soweto giants at a time when Mulomowandau Mathoho had lost form.

Mathoho is yet to get back to his best with Solinas opting to pair youngster Siyabonga Ngezana in central defense alongside Chiefs' best defender in 2017/18 Daniel Cardoso in the past two matches.

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