Patrick Mabedi and Giovanni Solinas coach of Kaizer Chiefs during the Kaizer Chiefs Media Day on 20 July 2018 at FNB Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Thursday Aug 02, 2018. 13:00
New Kaizer Chiefs manager Giovanni Solinas has promised that the Soweto giants will play attacking football under his leadership.
The Italian was announced as the Amakhosi’s new team boss last month, but had to wait until earlier this week to receive his work permit and officially take over from caretaker coach Patrick Mabedi.
His first game in charge could not be a sterner test, as Chiefs travel to defending Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday afternoon for the 2018/19 season opener.
The former Free State Stars mentor opened up to the club’s official website about what Chiefs fans can look forward to in his tenure.
“There are a lot of great people working here, both on the field and at the office. It shows what a big club Kaizer Chiefs are. All the ingredients are available to perform at the top level," said Solinas.
“I am busy implementing my philosophy of football, which is attacking football. That takes time and that’s a reality. We have to be patient.
"But I am extremely happy with the attitude, the commitment and the focus of the players at training. We are working hard to improve the tactics, fitness and psychological approach.”
The Italian added, “In football you need time, because one can’t change too much overnight. To prepare a winning team takes time.
"That’s not an excuse, that’s the nature of football. I know that the supporters want to win trophies and that’s what we all want.
"That comes with pressure, but that’s no problem. I am used to pressure. We are working hard to fulfil the fans’ wish to get a trophy.
"We will fight for our jersey, our colours and our badge to defend our honour.”