Giovanni Solinas refuses to talk Kaizer Chiefs transfers


Chiefs have had a rather busy pre-season transfer window this year, having brought in six new players, with more potential signings set to come in.

The likes of Khama Billiat, Letlhogonolo Mirwa, Virgil Vries and Andriamirado Andrianarimanana were all signed prior to Solinas's appointment, and likely without his input.

The recent arrivals of Lebogang Manyama and Mario Booysen perhaps suggest that the Italian coach had been roped into the discussions over which areas needed strengthening.

Amakhosi have also confirmed they are in negotiations with Kenyan side Gor Mahia over the services of Urgandan defender Godfrey Walusimbi.

Meanwhile, veteran midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has lately been linked with a move to Erzurumspor, who were this season promoted to the Turkish Super Lig.

Asked by a reporter during the MTN8 press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday whether he knew anything about a possible exit for 'Shabba' and Bernard Parker, Solinas insisted he is not authorised to comment on transfer activity.

"This journalist is very good hey. It's a very good strategy to put me in trouble hey," he responded jokingly, before refusing to divulge any information.

"Sorry, guys. I don't speak about the transfers of players. I speak about the players I have in the squad. Parker and Tshabalala trained normally [on Thursday].

"Because when they stay in the squad at Kaizer Chiefs, I coach these players, no problem. But I can't speak about transfers of players.

"For me, both Bernard and Shabba are very good players. They've made history with Kaizer Chiefs, don't forget guys, and I have big respect for these players. But I can't talk about the transfers."

According to reports in Turkey, Tshabalala has agreed a two-year deal "in principle", with Erzurumspor expected to formalise his move in the coming days.

The Turkish transfer window, like in South Africa, closes on August 31.