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Solinas: Why not protect Shabba?

Posted: 27 August 2018 Time: 08:00

Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas feels it is important to support and "protect" veteran attacker Siphiwe Tshabalala, who looks to be on his way to Europe.

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Erzurumspor coach Mehmet Altiparmak on Friday reportedly confirmed 'Shabba' is set to join the Turkish topflight club.

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The 33-year-old, who has been with Chiefs since 2007, was in the stands during the Soweto giants' 2-2 draw with SuperSport United on Sunday in the first leg of the MTN8 semi-finals at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Solinas was afterwards reluctant to comment on Tshabalala's absence from the match-day squad and future at Naturena.

"Guys please understand my situation. It's not possible to talk about the transfer business," Solinas said.

"Tshabalala is a very good player, I like him. Tshabalala, let's not forget, he made history at Kaizer Chiefs. Shabba deserves respect. I respect Shabba.

"If Shabba has an opportunity, why not protect the player? Why not give the player support?

"I like Shabba, I respect him. Today Shabba did not play because it was a choice by the coach to put in [his place] another player."

READ: Why Manyama first snubbed Chiefs

The Glamour Boys next host joint-log leaders Bloemfontein Celtic at FNB Stadium on Wednesday (19h30) looking for their first win in four league games.  

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Article by: Ernest Fakude

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