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 29, 2018. 12:30
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas has come out in defence of his under-fire defenders following the club's 2-1 defeat to Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates this past weekend.
The Buccaneers ran rings around centre-back pairing Mario Booysen and Siyabonga Ngezana, with Itumeleng Khune left exposed throughout the match as Pirates duly extended their league unbeaten run against the Amakhosi to eight matches.
With former first choice defenders Daniel Cardoso and Erick Mathoho watching on, and Lorenzo Gordinho on-loan at Bloemfontein Celtic, it was no surprise that most of the focus in the post-match presser was on Ngezana and Booysen with the latter roped in from relegated Ajax Cape Town ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
Solinas, though, came out in defence of his troops and stated that he wouldn't replace his defenders with that of Mamelodi Sundowns or Pirates.
"Guys‚ sorry‚ but this is the second question about the central defenders‚" Solinas is quoted as saying.
"Guys‚ no‚ listen to me. I don't change my defenders with Pirates defenders or Sundowns defenders. I keep my defenders."
"I don't know. It was not a poor performance from our defenders.
"We have good defenders. I am not concerned about this. Kaizer Chiefs have the best defenders in South Africa.
"This is my opinion. I respect your opinion.
"I am the coach‚ I will not change my defenders with those of Pirates or Sundowns. I will keep my defenders," he concluded.