Soli­nas facing early pres­sure at Chiefs?

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Word com­ing out of Na­turena is that Kaizer Chiefs are eval­u­at­ing their tech­ni­cal team, with in­di­ca­tions that the club’s man­age­ment are not com­pletely happy with their cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

Coach Gio­vanni Soli­nas was an­nounced as the Chiefs head coach in July, in an ap­point­ment that took the Amakhosi faith­ful by sur­prise. Now, three months later, Siya sources have in­di­cated that Chiefs’ top man­age­ment are not en­tirely sat­is­fied with the Ital­ian men­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to one Siya source, Chiefs have al­ready started to assess their op­tions and in­di­cated that the club could part ways with the coach if results do not go their way. In ad­di­tion, as pre­vi­ously re­ported by the Siya crew, the source ex­plained that some of the se­nior play­ers at the club are not happy with the coach’s ap­proach to the game.

A sec­ond source ex­plained that Soli­nas’ coach­ing phi­los­o­phy and method­ol­ogy is be­ing ques­tioned by the club man­age­ment, with in­di­ca­tions that they are not con­vinced that he is the man to take the team for­ward.

Chiefs are cur­rently sat in sev- enth place on the Absa Premier­ship ta­ble, with 14 points. After 11 games played in, they have only won three, while draw­ing five and record­ing three loses.

Last week­end Chiefs were de­feated 2-1 by Or­lando Pi­rates in the Soweto Derby, and ques­tions have been raised on Soli­nas’ team se­lec­tion, adding pres­sure to the coach in what is one of the hottest seats in African club foot­ball.

It is be­lieved that if Chiefs do make a change at the helm, as­sis­tant coach Pa­trick Mabedi could also be facing the exit door.

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