Giovanni Solinas, coach of Kaizer Chiefs during the 2018 Telkom Knockout Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 21 October 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Monday Oct 22, 2018. 13:12
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas believes that even the best teams in the world would've struggled if they were missing six key players.
The Amakhosi edged past Black Leopards on penalties at the FNB Stadium on Sunday to book their place in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout Cup.
Chiefs were a goal down at the break, but Pule Ekstein levelled matters before Virgil Vries saved two penalties as the Soweto giants duly emerged victorious - albeit in unconvincing fashion.
“I knew today was going to be difficult for us," said Solinas. "We played without six key players. Six key players. We don’t have [Leonardo] Castro, [Khama] Billiat, Lebogang Manyama, [Dumisani] Zuma, [Siyabonga] Ngezana [and Daniel Cardoso].
“Also Real Madrid or Barcelona would struggle without six key players. It was a stressful game for us. I lost two years of my life today.
|It’s an emotional game when you go into penalty shoot-outs you know it’s a lottery,”
Next up for the Glamour Boys is an Absa Premiership clash against Orlando Pirates at the same venue on Saturday.