Solinas: No problems with Paez

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An incident during the Macufe Cup friendly clash with Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend showed Paez snubbing Solinas’s outstretched hand after being substituted out in the second half.

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The footage went viral on social media, with suggestions that cracks were beginning to appear regarding the Italian’s management of the squad.

However, the Venezuelan attacker has since issued a public apology to the club, supporters and coach, who has also confirmed that the issue has been put to bed without blemishing their relationship.

“We have a great relationship. Paez has apologised to me, the club, the supporters and his teammates, so there’s no problem,” said Solinas.

“I think a coach needs to also forgive the players sometimes because we are human being, and anyone can make a mistake. But we also need solidarity and ability to forgive.

“There’s no problem between Paez and I, we have a great relationship. We continue working together, and we put in the effort to make our supporters happy and for the team to win trophies.”

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Solinas also praised Chiefs management’s swift intervention, while insisting that Paez remains on board to help the team’s cause of ending their three-and-a-half-year trophy drought.

“In this situation, with Kaizer Chiefs being a big club, the management immediately fixed the situation and now it’s okay, there’s no problems,” he added.

“This morning he was training very well, and we continue to fight together because we are Kaizer Chiefs. As you know, Kaizer Chiefs is about 'Love and Peace', and we are one family … Amakhosi for life!”

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