Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas dubs Mamelodi Sundowns title favourites ahead of crunch season opener
Posted: 2 August 2018 Time: 13:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has made a bold statement ahead of the start of the 2018/19 Absa Premiership season, labelling Mamelodi Sundowns “favourites” for the title.
Chiefs will on Saturday open the domestic campaign with a league clash against defending champions Sundowns at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
The Italian tactician will finally make his long-awaited debut on the Amakhosi bench, after being granted his work permit earlier this week.
The much-anticipated encounter is expected to usher in the season in explosive fashion, given the intensifying rivalry between these two giants in recent years.
All eyes will be on whether Chiefs have made progress following their three-season trophy drought, but Solinas has already warned fans not to expect an overnight change.
However, the former Free State Stars mentor has since tipped The Brazilians as early title favourites ahead of the crunch encounter this weekend.
“Playing against the reigning champions is never easy. Sundowns started their season early, because they had to play African Champions League games,” outlined Solinas on his club’s website.
“They are the favourites for this season and they have a fantastic coach in Pitso Mosimane, who leads his team in special ways.
“I would have preferred to have played them next month, but this is how it is. I know the expectations are very high. It will be a tough game, but we are ready.”