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Solinas is confident Amakhosi can cope with heavy schedule

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Chiefs will then travel to Durban where they will square off against Golden Arrows in a league encounter on December 1

KAIZER Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas, right, with Daniel Cardoso during training. Picture: SydneyMahlangu / BackpagePix

Giovanni Solinas believes that Kaizer Chiefs have what it takes to compete on all fronts without any issues.

The embattled Italian mentor is under immense pressure at Amakhosi due to his team’s inconsistent performances.

After the international break, Chiefs will be facing a very busy schedule. They will be battling for the PSL tittle, the Telkom Knockout crown and the Caf Confederation Cup. But far from feeling overwhelmed, Solinas says he has a plan in place.

“After the Fifa break we will start our marathon because we have a lot of games,” he said.

“We play every three days and we also have to travel. We will be playing in Confederation Cup and we will be also competing in the league. We have a lot of games, but we have a good squad.”

Chiefs will be fighting to end their trophy drought when they lock horns with Orlando Pirates in the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout at Moses Mabhida Stadium next Saturday.

The final is set for December 8 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth and if Chiefs get that far, they will face either Baroka FC or defending champions Wits.

Three days after facing Pirates, Amakhosi welcome Zimamoto FC of Tanzania in the first leg of the preliminary stage of the Confederation Cup.

Chiefs will then travel to Durban where they will square off against Golden Arrows in a league encounter on December 1.

Four days later, they will travel to Tanzania for the return leg against Zimamoto.

“We will try and manage this situation. We will try and manage the fatigue,” Solinas explained. “Fatigue is not only when you play in this situation, but it’s worse when you travel.

“We will try and manage our squad. We will refresh the squad with good rotation,” he assured the gathered media.

If Chiefs beat Pirates next weekend they will travel to PE to compete in the final on December 8, then they’ll face SuperSport United in the league on December 12 at FNB Stadium.

The first round of the Confederation Cup will commence on December 16. Chiefs will travel to Sudan to take on Al-Hilal SC of Sudan if they manage to get to past the preliminary stage of the competition. The return leg for the first round is on December 21.