Could Ertugral be on the Amakhosi radar?Thomas Kwenaite
As pressure mounts on the unfortunate Giovanni Solinas to either start delivering or be sacked, even though Kaizer Chiefs Managing Director Kaizer Motaung is known for his unqualified support for coaches, word is that the Italian could be skirting on thin ice.
Following a second defeat to bitter rivals Orlando Pirates and the third shortly before Solinas took over, resulting with some supporters breaking down and crying openly, the grapevine is awash with rumors that Solinas might not see his contract out.
Speaking to SuperSport TV after the game, the dejected looking Italian said: “It’s very painful to lose the derby. Very disappointed, very painful. We tried, we were fighting. We had the chance also in the last minute two chances, but this is football.
“Maybe if we had scored two (goals) then it’s a different history. The guys tried to fight until the last second, but the reality is that we lost the derby, this is very painful.
“Football is about the details, the details today were with Pirates. The details is about scoring and not scoring. We score, maybe we equalise and go to extra time and maybe we win on penalties. This is football.”
Amakhosi are certainly going through their worst dry period in their history and with former target Patrice Carteron stepping down from his job at Al Ahly less than four months after being employed in Cairo, the Frenchman’s name has popped up once again.
Muhsin Ertugral, the former Amakhosi mentor who resigned from NFD side Ajax Cape Town as well as Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mnqithi have also popped up as possible candidates to take over at Naturena should Solinas fall on his sword.
But just a word of caution to the long suffering Amakhosi supporters before they resume taking their meals after boycotting their food at their various homes in painful disgust following yet another beating at the hands of Pirates, they should know that Motaung supports his coaches to the hilt and has never been a trigger-happy chairman.