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Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas: Lebogang Manyama's escape is a miracle

21:30 GMT+3 18/10/2018
Giovanni Solinas of Kaizer Chiefs and Bobby Motaung, September 2018
The Amakhosi boss has confirmed that all is well with striker Gustavo Paez and said they will fight to lift the TKO

Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has explained striker Lebogang Manyama's lucky escape during a car accident this week as a miracle.

The Amakhosi attacker was involved in a car crash on Tuesday as he travelled from training just after scoring in their Macufe Cup victory over Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.

“It's a miracle that Lebo Manyama survived the accident. If you see the the picture of the accident, you will see that it's a miracle. It's a miracle,” Solinas told the media on Thursday.

Resulting from the crash, the striker has been ruled out for six weeks with a fractured elbow ahead of their Telkom Knockout last 16 encounter against Black Leopards on Sunday at the FNB Stadium.

Moreover, the Italian manager also emphasised their ambitions. 

"When you move at the Chiefs village, you understand what it means to be at Chiefs. We compete to win silverware. We have a lot of cups coming and we are fighting,” he continued.

“We are fighting to win the trophies, no other option and this is our destiny to win cups - full stop,” said Solinas.

The coach also touched on his relationships with his troops specifically referring to striker Gustavo Paez, who expressed his dissatisfaction after being substituted against Phunya Sele Sele last Sunday 

However, Amakhosi have since announced that the forward has apologised for the incident. 

In addition, the Soweto giants will now turn their focus to one of their Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches against rivals, Orlando Pirates next weekend after facing Lidoda Duvha.

“The (Soweto) Derby is an important game but the Derby will only come after the Sunday game. I have a great relationship with Paez. He apologised to all of us,” responded the coach. 

“There are no problems. A coach needs to forgive his players sometimes, we are human beings. We make mistakes and we need solidarity,” he concluded.