Chiefs' tails up heading to Maritzburg
Posted: 17 August 2018 Time: 08:00
Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas is tasked with maintaining the club’s healthy record when they visit Harry Gwala Stadium to face Maritzburg United tonight.
Chiefs are set for their annual trip to Pietermaritzburg, as they look to register their first Absa Premiership victory of the season against the Team of Choice.
While it might still be early days, the pressure is on as the dry run from three seasons passed begins to haunt new man at the helm Solinas.
The Italian tactician came in to replace Steve Komphela only a few weeks ago, but is already facing doubts over his credibility, as Amakhosi supporters see their side near the bottom end of the log.
However, with an emphatic victory over Free State Stars in the MTN8 just recently behind them, Harry Gwala may be just the venue to register Solinas's first three points.
In seven previous visits to Pelham, where Maritzburg took over following the hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Chiefs have only suffered one defeat, which came in March 2015.
It would seem Solinas is almost guaranteed of at least a point this weekend, as four of those seven previous meetings ended in a stalemate, while Maritzburg have not won a league game at home since March this year.
In fact, coach Fadlu Davids will be wary of his side’s overall record of late, with their last victory – that stunning Nedbank Cup drubbing handed down to Mamelodi Sundowns in April – coming eight matches ago.
Therefore, Solinas and his charges can head to KwaZulu-Natal with their tails up, but will still need to be wary of a possible resurgence from the home side.