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JFormer Kaizer Chiefs de­fender Rudolph Seale says he saw coach Gio­vanni Soli­nas’ de­par­ture com­ing, but he laments the tim­ing of the Ital­ian’s sack­ing.

Amakhosi an­nounced the for­mer Free State Stars men­tor’s sack­ing on Fri­day and i mme­di­ately ap­pointed Ernst Mid­den­dorp as he re­turned to lead the Soweto gi­ants.

“I saw it com­ing, but it has hap­pened when time is no longer on their side. I think they are still look­ing for a good coach to chal­lenge for tro­phies in my opin­ion,” Seale told Goal.

“For now, this is all about do­ing dam­age con­trol and no am­bi­tions of chal­leng­ing for the league ti­tle, things are not look­ing good now es­pe­cially af­ter play­ing 14 games and sit­ting at the num­ber seven,” he added.

“I don’t think we have a chance to win a tro­phy as Chiefs be­cause this is all about em­ploy­ing some­one who is bet­ter than Soli­nas. To be hon­est I don’t un­der­stand why Ernst. I was hop­ing for some­one new, with a new phi­los­o­phy be­cause Mid­den­dorp has been at the club, been around at clubs such as Free State Stars, Bloemfontein Celtic and Mar­itzburg United – it’s just re­cy­cling coaches,” lamented the leg­end. “This is not a per­ma­nent move or ap­point­ment, but a tem­po­rary mea­sure in my opin­ion. I think some­one with a track record of win­ning tro­phies is needed es­pe­cially some­one who has won the league,” he added. Speak­ing about go­ing for­ward, Amakhosi are out of the race to win the Pre­mier Soc­cer League (PSL) tro­phy, but have a chance to chal­lenge for the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup and the Ned­bank Cup ti­tles. How­ever, the for­mer left back be­lieves there are slim chances to go for the two tro­phies, but says mir­a­cles do hap­pen in foot­ball where the un­ex­pected can hap­pen. More­over, he said there are too many young­sters in the Chiefs squad and said it’s only a few of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers such as Itume­leng Khune and Bernard Parker who can in­stil discipline and fear when it comes to don­ning and giv­ing all for the gold and black jer­sey.

De­on­tay Wilder lands a right hand against Tyson Fury.

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