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Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
1 minute read
18 Oct 2018
3:21 pm

Solinas forgives Paez after handshake snub

Sibongiseni Gumbi

The Kaizer Chiefs coach says he has forgiven his striker and has accepted his apology.

Giovanni Solinas coach of Kaizer Chiefs during Kaizer Chiefs Press Conference at PSL Offices (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix)

Paez was forced to make an apology to Solinas and Chiefs after a video of him surfaced of him appearing to snub Solinas when he was substituted during the Macufe Cup match against Bloemfontein Celtic last Sunday.

The Venezuelan striker has since issued an apology, saying the incident was nothing more than a misunderstanding.

READ: Chiefs striker apologises for Solinas handshake snub

Speaking to the media at the PSL offices on Thursday, Solinas said the incident was now water under the bridge.

“Paez and I have a great relationship. Paez has apologised to me, the club, the supporters, and the teammates, so no problem. As a coach, you need to forgive the players because everybody can make a mistake sometimes. You need solidarity and the ability to forgive,” Solinas told the reporters.

“There’s no problem between Paez and I. We have a great relationship. Together with Paez we’re continuing to put the effort to make our supporters happy by trying to win a trophy for them. The Chiefs management fixed the situation, now there’s no problem. We’re Kaizer Chiefs, we’re family. Amakhosi for life!”

With Castro still doubtful for Sunday’s Telkom Knockout clash against Black Leopards, Paez could lead the Chiefs attack.

The match against Leopards is set to take place and the FNB Stadium at 3.30pm.


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