- Siphiwe Tshabalala has revealed that he and all the other players at the club were as in the dark about the identity of the club’s new coach as everyone else
- Tshabalala said the players needed to respect and support Giovanni Solinas and trust that the club’s management brought him in for a reason
- He added that the coach could not bring success back to the club without the players
Siphiwe Tshabalala has called on his Kaizer Chiefs teammates to respect and support the club’s newly appointed Italian head coach Giovanni Solinas. Tshabalala said the players needed to trust that the club’s bosses knew what they were doing when they appointed Solinas.
Tshabalala added that in order for the team to achieve success and return to its former glory days the players would have to help the coach because he could not achieve these goals alone.
Tshabalala revealed that he and the whole team were as much in the dark about the identity of the new coach as everyone else right up to when Solinas was officially revealed by Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung last Friday.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Solinas was introduced the Kaizer Chiefs playing and technical squad on Friday evening. Tshabalala said Solinas had been well received by the players
His appointment ended nearly three months of speculation which linked various big-name coaches to the club. Reports indicated that the club had been negotiating with SAFA officials to secure the services of Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Tshabalala said the players had tried to refrain from speculating amongst themselves about the identity of the new coach, but that it had happened because like everyone else the players were human.
Tshabalala said the announcement of Solinas did not come as a surprise to him because he did not have any expectations about who the new coach might be. The Bafana Bafana star added that he had decided that whoever was appointed he would respect that person and trust in his ability.
Solinas has yet to officially take over coaching duties from assistant coach Patrick Mabedi, he has not received his working visa and will miss the club’s big match against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.
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