Solinas Impressed With His Troops After First Game

Giovanni Solinas (head coach) of Free State Stars during the 2016 Nedbank Cup last 16 game between Santos and Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 2 April 2016. PICTURE: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

By Isaac Ndou

JOHANNESBURG: Giovanni Solinas says he was impressed with how his new team Kaizer Chiefs played their first game of the season against Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria on Saturday. 

Amakhosi drew first blood in the game through Ramahlwe Mphahlele but their lead was cancelled before halftime through a Ricardo Nascimento penalty to see the game ending at 1-1. The game is a tricky start for the Italian, he was satisfied with the one point and says he know more than I’d expected from him going forward.
 
“I am proud of my team. We played well and we could have won the match if we would have buried our chances.”
 
“I know what’s expected of me. When you join a big club like Chiefs you know what you have to do and that is to win points. I am very happy with the professionalism of my team. The players are working hard at training and that’s exactly what we need to do if we want to challenge for honours this season,” said on the club’s website. 
 
The 50-year-old Italian mentor will now tune his attention and focus to his second game in charge of Amakhosi which is against another tough opponent in Bidvest Wits who started the season on a high with a 3-0 victory over his former employers Free State Stars. 
 
“We have a limited period to recover before our next game against Bidvest Wits. It promises to be another tough encounter, but we will be ready come Tuesday night,” he added. 
 
The Glamour Boys will welcome The Students at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday night in their second 2018/19 Absa Premiership fixture. The match will kickoff at 19:30.