Giovanni Solinas, coach of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa United at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 10 November 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The termination of Giovanni Solinas contract by Kaizer Chiefs has not really come as a complete surprise when one considers the lengths that the once proud and famous Amakhosi have plunged into since the Italian took over.

Chiefs announced on their social media platforms that the affable but seemingly rattled Italian who had recently resorted to blaming everything and everybody from weather conditions to pitch surfaces, has amicably parted ways with the Naturena outfit.

The writing was on the wall for the former Free State Stars gaffer when he lost three consecutive matches to their bitter rivals Orlando Pirates and, not just losing but being outplayed in the process and although under previous coach Steve Komphela they also failed to win any trophy, but at least there was fire under their belly whenever they took to the field.

The final straw must have been a debilitating if not humiliating 2-1 loss to part-timers Zimamoto, a team based in the idyllic holiday island of Zanzibar in the Eastern side of Africa consisting of fishermen, bakers, chefs and waiters, handed the Amakhosi a 2-1 beating in the CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday.

Granted, Chiefs advanced 5-2 on aggregate after winning the first leg match 4-0, but the defeat was a total embarrassment to the proud Kaizer Chiefs brand and must have forced Kaizer Motaung’s hand, even though “Madala” is known for his patience with coaches.

Secondly, Chiefs have not been great shakes since Solinas took over and appear to have lost that fear factor, their ability to instill fear in their opponents seems to have vanished, judging by the fact that even so-called minnows fancied their chances against Chiefs in recent games and actually outplayed them.

His assistant Patrick Mabedi also had his contract terminated and now the speculation has started, with Patrice Carteron, Ruud Krol, Ernst Middendorp and Muhsin Ertugral among the first names that are linked with the vacant coaching job.

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