Kaizer Chiefs need fresh legs to play good foot­ball -Soli­nas

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - OHANNESBURG

J– Kaizer Chiefs coach Gio­vanni Soli­nas is thrilled that his team man­aged to cap­i­talise on some of their chances and keep a clean sheet against Zi­mamoto in the first leg of the pre­lim­i­nary round of the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

Amakhosi’s 4-0 ham­mer­ing of Zi­mamoto at Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day night could have been even big­ger, but they squan­dered most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially in the first half.

How­ever, there were pos­i­tives for the Ital­ian tac­ti­cian’s strik­ing depart­ment as Khama Bil­liat scored his first hat trick for the club.

“It was im­por­tant that Bil­liat scored be­cause that helps to in­crease the strik­ers' con­fi­dence,” the 50-yearold coach.

“But against against Zi­mamoto, I think all the play­ers per­formed very well. All the play­ers played a tech­ni­cally good game.

“We dom­i­nated the game and we didn’t con­cede. I am happy, but maybe with the num­ber of chances that we cre­ated, we could have scored more goals.

“But it’s okay, what’s im­por­tant is that we didn’t con­cede. We’ll go into the game against Ar­rows in a good mood.”

The Glam­our Boys will be turn­ing their focus to re­vi­tal­is­ing their Absa Premier­ship chal­lenge when they met Golden Ar­rows at Princess Ma­gogo Sta­dium yes­ter­day (6pm).

It’s been a slow start for a team chas­ing their first piece of sil­ver­ware in three sea­sons. Af­ter 13 matches, they sit sixth on the log and have only bagged 18 points – five points less than lead­ers Or­lando Pi­rates.

“The three up­com­ing games are very im­por­tant be­cause we still need to stay closer to the top three po­si­tions in the league,” said Soli­nas.

“We don’t have enough time be­cause af­ter the game against Ar­rows, we go to Zanz­ibar and af­ter that we play Su­perS­port, but ev­ery game is very im­por­tant be­cause it is like a fi­nal.”

Af­ter most of his fringe play­ers com­pleted the ini­tial job against Zi­mamoto on Wed­nes­day, Soli­nas in­di­cated that his reg­u­lars were likely to re­turn for their en­counter against Ar­rows.

“This week we’ve had three games in seven days, so we need a fresh leg ro­ta­tion. TheS­tar

Kaizer Chiefs coach Gio­vanni Soli­nas.

Spain's Jon Rahm hits an ap­proach shot to­wards the 15th hole the Hero World Chal­lenge. at

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