Patrick Mabedi and Giovanni Solinas coach of Kaizer Chiefs during the Kaizer Chiefs Media Day on 20 July 2018 at FNB Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Tuesday Sep 11, 2018. 13:00
Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung has revealed that current head coach Giovanni Solinas was not the club's first choice for the position, vacated by Steve Komphela in April.
The Amakhosi battled long and hard to find a coach suitable for the position and finally settled on Solinas who only took over the reins a few weeks before the start of the 2018-19 season.
Life at Naturena has been tough for the former Free State Stars boss thus far with the Glamour Boys having yet to win a league game in five matches this season.
Patrice Carteron, who duly joined Egyptian giants Al Ahly when Chiefs dragged their feet, was among those tipped for the job while former Chiefs coach and current Bafana Bafana mentor Stuart Baxter was also a reported target.
Motaung has duly admitted that Solinas was not the Glamour Boys preferred choice, but Chiefs decided to go with the Italian after other candidates were lured to join other unnamed clubs.
“No, he wasn’t top of the list, I must confess," Motaung is quoted as saying. "But we’ve lost one or two very good ones for obvious reasons at the time, because it’s not so easy for any team to get top coaches in the continent.
“Because you also have to compete against the Arab countries. I can tell you two coaches that should have come here – the first one we missed [by] just two days, when we had come to an agreement he had to go because he was offered a job in Qatar. And they are talking big dollars there, you can’t compete.”