Solinas crossing his fingers
Posted: 18 November 2018 Time: 19:00
There's a huge game coming up for Kaizer Chief, and their coach Giovanni Solinas is hoping that his players currently on international duty will come back without injuries.
As much as Amakhosi have a high-stakes Telkom Knockout semi-final against Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 24, it is also an important time for Bafana Bafana and company in the penultimate round of 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers this weekend.
In the last FIFA break in October, Chiefs' star man Khama Billiat sustained an injury when the Zimbabwe national team faced DR Congo. And according to Solinas, Billiat only trained properly again on the eve of the first Soweto Derby of the season against Pirates in the league on October 27.
Billiat, the PSL's best player in 2015/16 when he was at Mamelodi Sundowns, is currently with the Warriors along with clubmates Willard Katsande and Teenage Hadebe. Amakhosi’s Itumeleng Khune and Ramahlwe Mphahlele are also with Bafana, while Godfrey Walusimbi and Virgil Vries have been called up by Uganda and Namibia respectively.
Asked if he's praying that his international contingent return unscathed, Solinas responded: "What can I do?"
The Italian added: "Yes, I'm concerned about that. But guys, this is ... I 'm happy because we have international players also involved in big games in the international games.
"Ja, I hope these players come back with no injury. Because last time, last FIFA break, Khama came back injured. He stayed four days without training. We recovered (sic) this player one day before the Derby. This is a problem."