With the opener of the competition scheduled to take place after the international break, Solinas is adamant that they would have well prepared
Kaizer Chiefs’ coach Giovanni Solinas reckons that the biggest mistake that they can do in the Premier League this season is undermining their fellow counterparts.
After a false start in the Absa Premiership, Chiefs looked to have turned the corner when they bagged three consecutive wins against Cape Town City, Free State Stars and Amazulu, but their progress came into a halt in their last two games as they drew to Highlands Park and lost to Polokwane City, respectively.
“It’s not easy at all this season because if you check the results from the previous and current season, the results are balanced,”Solinas said. “If most games end in a score of 1-0 or 2-1, that means every game is difficult. We need to make sure that we prepare very well for each game, and not underestimate the opponents because everybody can beat you and vice versa.”
The 3-2 loss to Supersport United over the two-legged MTN8 semi-final encounter, meant that Chiefs’ three-year barren run continued. However, this year’s Telkom Knockout competition that’s scheduled to commence in the weekend of October 20 – 21, will give them another opportunity to make amends for the disappointment that they endured early last month.
With the opener of the competition scheduled to take place after the international break, Solinas is adamant that they would have well prepared.
“I think when you have the time, you can improve the team,” Solinas insisted. “There will be enough time for exercises and training sessions; and for us that is positive. We have to respect Black Leopards, and personally, I don’t underestimate them. They started well in the league and they try to play football, so it’s a very tough game for us.”
The Leopards’ encounter in the Telkom Knockout will also serve as a curtain-raiser for Chiefs’ meeting with Orlando Pirates in this season’s first edition of the Soweto Derby that will be held at FNB Stadium (3:30pm) on October 27. And with the match dubbed as one of the biggest derbies in Africa, Solinas is hoping that football will be the winner on the day.
“The derby is always a special game but I want to dedicate this game to our supporters,” he said.