Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung has admitted that Giovanni Solinas was not the club’s first choice to succeed Steve Komphela.
Chiefs had a number of months to find Komphela’s replacement following the now Bloemfontein Celtic mentor’s exit in April.
The Naturena-based club, however, struggled to secure any of their early targets, with football manager Bobby Motaung admitting to such when pressed for answers as the season approached.
Solinas was eventually appointed in July and the Italian has endured a difficult start to life at the Soweto giants.
Chiefs are yet to win in the Absa Premiership after five outings this season, drawing four and losing one, and were knocked out in the semi-finals of the MTN8 by SuperSport United.
The hierarchy at the club have backed their man to succeed, but Motaung has admitted that Solinas was only appointed after they had missed out on several other targets.
‘No‚ he wasn’t top of the list‚ I must confess‚’ said Motaung.
‘It’s not so easy to get top coaches in the continent because we also have to compete with the Arab countries.
‘I can tell you there are two coaches who could have come here. We missed the first one after two days when we had come to an agreement. He had to leave the country after being offered a job in Qatar.
‘We’re talking big dollars there and we can’t compete,’ he concluded.
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