Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas forgives Gustavo Paez

The Amakhosi manager says the incident between him and Paez is now water under the bridge as they shift focus to the Black Leopards game

Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has revealed that he has forgiven Gustavo Paez following an off-the-field incident which took place in Bloemfontein last weekend.

The Venezuelan striker was substituted during Amakhosi's clash against Bloemfontein Celtic, and he looked unhappy as he appeared refusing to shake hands with the coach at the Free State Stadium last Sunday.

“There’s no problem between Paez and I. We have a great relationship. We continue working together, and we put in the effort to make our supporters happy and for the team to win trophies,” Solinas said to the media.

"I have a great relationship with Paez. He apologised to all of us,” responded the coach. 

“In this situation, with Kaizer Chiefs being a big club, the management immediately fixed the situation and now it’s okay. There’s no problems,” he added.

“This morning (Thursday) he was training very well, and we continue to fight together because we are Kaizer Chiefs. As you know, Kaizer Chiefs is about 'Love and Peace', and we are one family - Amakhosi for life,” concluded the coach.

With Amakhosi looking to return to winning ways this weekend at the expense of Black Leopards in the Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match, the Italian manager will only want harmony in his dressing room.

Just before the recent Fifa international break, Chiefs drew 0-0 against last season's National First Division (NFD) champions Highlands Park and lost 1-0 to Polokwane City in the league.

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In addition, the Soweto giants are under pressure to lift trophies following an unfashionable three-year trophy drought under former coach Steve Komphela.

With Solinas having already failed to reach the final of the MTN8 Cup last month, the pressure is mounting on him and his men to defy the odds and dethrone Bidvest Wits as TKO champions.

On the other hand, the coach also said he is settled now and backed his squad to balance their workload as they will also start with their Caf Confederation Cup commitments next month.

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