Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas is digging his grave too early in his tenure
Posted: 15 August 2018 Time: 16:00
Just a few weeks into the new season, Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas is digging a grave for himself.
After they dropped points for a third consecutive time in the Absa Premiership, the Italian spoke about how the fixture schedule is “for robots”.
"These fixtures, this calendar is for the robot, not for the human beings," Solinas said after their draw to Baroka FC on Tuesday night.
"It is not possible that every two days we play and travel. We travel four hours and play Saturday. No time to recover and no time for training.”
Big mistake! That’s the last thing the coach should be complaining about at this stage of the season. What’s going to happen once Chiefs start playing in the Confederation Cup? He is going to complain even more, because of all the travelling that is involved with playing on the continent.
Solinas is not new to the PSL, having worked at Ea Lla Koto before. So playing on Saturday and again on Tuesday or Friday and again on Tuesday, is something he should have prepared himself for the day he took the job at Chiefs. Playing regularly is part of the game and he does not want to build a reputation of being someone who complains when results don't go Chiefs' way. What he should have done after the defeat to Baroka is admit they were just not good enough on the night.
Leonardo Castro, Gustavo Paez and Khama Billiat were not at their best on the night and Baroka were totally dominant in the second half.
Solinas did not have a proper pre-season with the team and it’s understandable that he is still trying to find the right combinations and his best starting line-up.
He is digging a grave a grave for himself far too early in his Amakhosi tenure and it’s best he focuses on finding a way around the tight schedule, rather than to complain in public because the fixtures will not be changed to suit him.
Chiefs fans want someone who can get them results, not someone who will complain when things are not going his way. A coach, after all, is hired to find solutions in such situations.
There’s also a need to refresh the squad at Amakhosi. The likes of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Mulomowandau Mathoho and Willard Katsande were part of a team that failed to win trophies for three seasons under Steve Komphela. There’s still time left in the transfer window and they have an opportunity to refurbish the side.