- Kaizer Chiefs new Italian head coach has finally received his South African work permit
- Giovanni Solinas was appointed to his position more than two weeks ago but has been unable to take part in any club activities because he did not have a valid work permit
- Solinas faces a baptism of fire when his new side takes on defending PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the opening game of the season
Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed that their new Italian head coach Giovanni Solinas has finally received his South African work permit. The PSL giants appointed Solinas as the new head coach of the club more than two weeks ago on 13 July.
Solinas has thus far been unable to take control of the team and has been limited to acquainting himself with the players, facilities and staff at Kaizer Chiefs while he waited for home affairs to finalise his documents.
Solinas and the management team at Kaizer Chiefs will be relieved to have the final piece of the puzzle fall into place which will allow the new coach to actively manage his new team from the side of the field from the first match in the PSL.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Solinas will face a baptism of fire when Kaizer Chief travel to Pretoria to face the defending PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns in Saturday’s first match of the 2018/19 PSL campaign.
The Italian has due to his late appointment and the delay in obtaining a work permit missed out on virtually the entire pre-season and will only have a couple of days to put his own stamp on the team.
News24.com reported that Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung said the club was happy that Solinas had received the required documents and was now able to assume full control of the team.
Solinas could not have asked for a tougher challenge than he faces on Saturday. He will come under the microscope of a very demanding Amakhosi supporter base who will expect nothing less than a win.
The club’s supporters have made it clear that nothing less than a trophy this season will be accepted, this after enduring three lean winless years under previous coach Steve Komphela.
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