What are the facts?
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.