- On Friday, Kaizer Chiefs announced that Giovanni Solinas will take over as head coach at the club
- His appointment comes as a surprise as he has a pretty bad winning record and has a habit of jumping from club to club
- Kaizer Chiefs fans will be demanding that Solinas brings home some silverware and that he is not Steve Komphela part 2
Giovanni Solinas, before Friday it was not a name many Kaizer Chiefs fans had heard of. But at 13:30 on Friday afternoon the club made a surprise announcement that it had finally appointed a replacement for Steve Komphela.
Fans and sports writers were caught off-guard by the announcement and people furiously googled ‘Giovanni Solinas’ in an attempt to find out who the new boss is.
Those search results would have yielded very little if anything for the Amakhosi faithful to get excited about. Solinas will be best-known in South Africa for his two separate spells at Free State Stars.
Briefly.co.za gathered that many supporters and football experts believe his appointment is proof that Chiefs were getting desperate in their search for a new head coach after deals with Botswana side Township Rollers head coach Nikola Kavazovic and Belgian Luc Eymael and of course Bafana coach Stuart Baxter failed to materialise.
Sport24.com reported that Kaizer Chiefs fans have not been impressed with the appointment of Solinas and will be demanding that he makes an immediate impact on the team and bring home some much-needed silverware to prove that he is not Steve Komphela part 2.
Komphela was forced to quit after Chiefs crashed out of the Nedbank Cup semi-final in Durban in April. Supporters had long called for Komphela to be replaced after the once great club slumped to its worse trophyless run in its history.
Solinas will be under pressure from the moment he receives his working visa and is allowed to officially take the reins from Patrick Mabedi.
Worryingly for Chiefs fans Solinas’ time at Free State Stars counts as the longest period he has ever spent at a club, he might have a UEFA Pro coaching license but the last and only time he won a major trophy was eight years ago when he won the North African Cup.
Since 2010 Solinas has spent time at seven clubs.
During his time at Free State Stars, Solinas did manage to bring some organisation to the team and guided the underperforming side to semi-final appearances in the Telkom Knockout Cup and the Nedbank Cup.
Other than that there isn’t much on his CV for Kaizer Chiefs fans to get excited about or to make them believe he isn’t Steve Komphela come back to haunt them in a different guise.
The only positive on his CV is a vast knowledge of African football and in particular coaching in the CAF Champions League, something which the club was known to be looking for in a prospective coach.
Only time will tell whether all the negativity around Solinas is warranted or whether he will step-up and surprise all the critics and lead the glamour boys back to their glory days.
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