Itumeleng Khune downplays late arrival of Kaizer Chiefs' new coach Giovanni Solinas
Posted: 17 July 2018 Time: 13:00
Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune says it’s hard to tell whether the timing of Giovanni Solinas’s arrival will affect the team, but stresses that they need to get on with business.
Chiefs have finally welcomed a new coach at the helm in Solinas, who takes over from Steve Komphela, but the players have already come through four weeks of pre-season training.
With the start of the 2018/19 campaign now just over two weeks away, the Italian tactician will be in a race against time to get his ducks in a row and instil his own philosophy into the team, which assistant coach Patrick Mabedi had led on an interim basis.
Whether this comes as a disadvantage is inconsequential to Khune, who is adamant that come this weekend’s Shell Helix Ultra Cup tie against Mamelodi Sundowns, Amakhosi will be ready to carry out what is expected of them from Solinas.
“I cannot really be negative or positive about the situation we find ourselves in, but we just have to take each day as it comes,” said Khune.
“Come Friday, by the time we go into camp ahead of the Sundowns match, we would know what he [Solinas] expects from us as players.”
The Bafana Bafana shot-stopper is also confident that their experience as professional players of having worked under different coaches will allow them to adapt at the required rate in order to ensure the team delivers on expectations.
“We’ve all been playing for years, coached by different coaches and we’ve adapted to different philosophies under those different coaches, and it’s our responsibility as senior players to help the younger ones to also adapt,” he added.
“We just have to go into the season and face the challenges, get results and win trophies for the club. We’ve all been thirsty; we have all not been celebrating for the past three seasons, so it’s very important that we set our minds on bringing the glory days back.”