Absa Premiership

Free State Stars keen to retain Solinas

2016-03-31 13:11
Giovanni Solinas (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Giovanni Solinas impressive start to life at Free State Stars have prompted club officials into considering extending his current deal.

The Italian manager replaced Ernst Middendorp mid-way through the campaign on a six-month deal with Ea Lla Koto sitting in a precarious position just above the relegation zone.

Four months later with the help of former Bafana Bafana left-back and assistant coach Bradley Carnell the Bethelehem based outfit occupy a top eight position in the Premiership and general manager Rantsi Mokoena confirmed they're keen to retain the 47-year old services.

"We haven't gone into it with him yet, but if you look at the job he has done, he's done really well, so it is only natural that we would like him to stay next season," Mokoena told The Sowetan.

Mokoena believes the first Italian coach to work in the PSL has brought a new philosophy to the club that's instilled confidence within the team. 

"He is the calibre of coach we were looking for - young and ambitious."

Solinas has forged a successful reputation within African football with stints in Algeria and successfully obtained his UEFA A and UEFA Pro Licence coaching licenses with the Italian Football Federation.


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