Solinas bemoans lack of fans for Chiefs draw

Solinas bemoans lack of fans for Chiefs draw
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

by Staff Reporter

Monday Nov 12, 2018. 13:00

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas bemoaned the lack of fans following the club's goalless draw against Chippa United in the Absa premiership the past weekend.

The Amakhosi have won just one of their last five league matches and currently sit five points behind log leaders and fierce rivals Orlando Pirates.

Chiefs' played the clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium behind closed doors following crowd trouble at the very same venue earlier this year. The game was the second of two matches the Glamour Boys were ordered to play without any supporters in attendance.

Solinas believes that the lack of fans played a role in Chiefs' poor showing as the teams now head into the international break.

Solinas told the club’s official website, “I am glad this game was the last of playing in an empty stadium… Our supporters are a big factor. They help the players raise their game and play at a high tempo. We missed them here tonight but there’s nothing we could do about it.

“I am disappointed with the result, although we faced a Chippa United that did well and, as a result, was always going to be difficult to beat. We have played three games in six days. We tried to rotate some players, but you can’t make too many changes to the team.

“It is a positive that we didn’t lose this match. A loss would have had a negative impact on the team before the Telkom Knockout semifinal. I’m also happy we didn’t concede a goal," he concluded.

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