Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has come out in defence of former coach Giovanni Solinas and insisted that the much vilified Italian was not a disappointment. Motaung’s spirited defence of the much-criticised mentor will raise eyebrows as Chiefs sacked Solinas and his assistant Patrick Mabedi last December following a string of poor results. Coach Ernst Middendorp and Shaun Bartlett replaced the duo.

“He wasn’t a disappointment‚” insisted Motaung. “Things just did not work out for him. I don’t like talking behind coaches’ backs but we talked [with Solinas]‚ settled and agreed that players were not responding to him. He was a professional coach. He is not bad quality in terms of work ethic and it happens...

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