Giovanni Solinas hits out at Kaizer Chiefs supporters for criticism during matches
Posted: 15 August 2018 Time: 13:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has criticised some of the club's fans for not supporting the team during matches, and urges patience as they look to improve.
Chiefs have been less than convincing in their opening few Absa Premiership games this season, having yet to register a win.
Following their 1-1 draw with Baroka on Tuesday evening, Amakhosi supporters were once again left frustrated by the team's underwhelming showing at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Last week, while the team was 3-1 down against Bidvest Wits, fans vocally expressed their discontent at the players' performances as they called for substititions in the second half, while booing individuals on the park.
Solinas has since sought to address this following their third straight league match without a win, as he slammed the club's supporters who criticise the team before the final whistle.
"Yes, I know the supporters [expectations] but, please, I want also the fans to support the players during the game. We need our fans to support the players," urged Solinas.
"During the game is not the moment to criticise the players. The players need support during the game. This is a real fan. A real fan is when you support your club and players.
"After, when we finish the game – yes, you can judge the players. But during the game, no. The players need support.
"[Bernard] Parker is a Kaizer Chiefs player and he needs support. The players in training work hard, believe me, they work hard and put effort in training."
The Italian tactician, who has again bemoaned his side's congested schedule, further assured that things will get better once he is able to conduct training sessions between crammed fixtures.
However, with Chiefs set to go into their fifth contest in just 13 days when they visit Maritzburg United on Friday, Solinas is irate that once again they will be using their time to travel rather than train.
"Yes, I need time to improve [the team]. In my opinion, to improve a football team it requires training sessions, because that's where you fix the mistakes," he added.
"But we don't have time for training at the moment. We played on Saturday, we played [Tuesday] and we play on Friday. We travel from Polokwane to Durban, so there's no time to fix the mistakes in training.
"But I am sure and confident that in future, when we have time for training sessions, the team will improve."