“I will continue fighting. I will continue to work hard. Yes, I’m feeling the pain but I won’t give up”
Giovanni Solinas is not going to throw in the towel at Kaizer Chiefs. The Italian has vowed to turn things around at Naturena, even now that the once mighty Amakhosi will end another year without any silverware.
Chiefs were defeated in a fully packed Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban over the weekend. Their 2-1 defeat by Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final shattered their hopes of getting their hands on silverware yet again.
Thembinkosi Lorch and Justin Shonga netted for the Sea Robbers while Leonardo Castro gave Amakhosi the consolation goal.
The embattled Solinas told the media after the game that he is not going to give up.
“We started the season with several goals and objectives. The first one was the MTN8 and now we have lost the opportunity of winning this cup. We are now left with three trophies. We have the league, Caf Confederation Cup and the Nedbank Cup.
“I will continue fighting. I will continue to work hard. Yes, I’m feeling the pain but I won’t give up,” a determined Solinas explained.
He has also lost two derbies on his debut season as the coach of Amakhosi. They were also beaten 2-1 in the league.
“It is painful and I would like to apologise to our supporters. I’m disappointed we lost the derby. I’m not feeling good. I’m feeling the pain. We lost the derby again. We tried to fight and created chances. We win together and we lose together,” he added.
Chiefs now have to shift their focus to the Caf Confederation Cup with them beginning their campaign on Wednesday against Zimamoto of Tanzania.
What’s weighing heavily on the team is the fact that Chiefs haven’t won any official cup in three seasons and Solinas is under pressure to end that barren run.
“I believe we can change this situation. We also have our plan for the market. I want to tell our supporters not to abandon the club. They must continue to believe in Kaizer Chiefs. I’m sure that in future Chiefs will not disappoint.
“We have our plan to reinforce the team, to make Kaizer Chiefs more strong. I work hard every day. I work 10 hours every day.
“If that is not enough I will work 11 or 12 hours. I take the full responsibility,” Solinas concluded.
The Phefeni Glamour boys are also behind the log leaders, Pirates, in the league by five points; Amakhosi are fifth on the log with 18 points after 13 games.
The Buccaneers, meanwhile, are at the top of the table with 23 points after the same number of games.
The challenge for Chiefs in massive, and they have to really work hard to contest for the league.