What are the facts?

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

The Glam­our Boys are cur­rently en­dur­ing the long­est bar­ren patch in the club’s il­lus­tri­ous his­tory. The last com­pet­i­tive tro­phy won was dur­ing Stu­art Bax­ter’s fi­nal sea­son at the club, when they lifted the Absa Premier­ship ti­tle in 2014/15.

Af­ter Gio­vanni Soli­nas and his side missed the chance to reach the MTN8 fi­nal ear­lier this year, on Sat­ur­day they were beaten – once again – by their archri­vals Or­lando Pi­rates, as the Buc­ca­neers marched on to the fi­nal where they will play Baroka for the TKO ti­tle.

Soli­nas signed a two-year con­tract with a one-year op­tion when he put pen to pa­per on a deal with the Glam­our Boys ear­lier this year – how­ever, it re­mains to be seen whether he will ac­tu­ally see out his con­tract given the fact that there are al­ready ques­tions be­ing asked about his fu­ture.

Two Soweto Derby de­feats this year, in ad­di­tion to the fact that both the MTN8 and Telkom Knock­out were yanked from their grasp, has seen fans of the club al­ready start to turn on the for­mer Free State Stars coach, and his record in the Pre­mier Soc­cer League prior to his ar­rival does lit­tle to sug­gest that he was ever the right man to lead a club like Amakhosi for­ward.

As things stand, Chiefs have four games left to play this year be­fore go­ing on the Christ­mas break, although there could be an­other cou­ple of games added to their sched­ule should they man­age to get past Zimamoto of Zanz­ibar in the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

With that in mind, given the in­for­ma­tion re­vealed by Siya sources, Soli­nas still does have time to try and turn things around and tip the bal­ance in his favour. How­ever, poor re­sults in their fi­nal matches of the year could well turn out to be the fi­nal nail in his Amakhosi cof­fin.

A whole host of catch-up games will be played in the Absa Premier­ship be­tween now and the end of the year, and if other clubs make use of their games in hand, then Soli­nas and his Chiefs side could quickly see them­selves slid­ing down to­wards the wrong end of the league ta­ble.

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