Giovanni Solinas to emulate Muhsin Ertugral or Ernst Middendorp with Kaizer Chiefs record?
Posted: 20 August 2018 Time: 18:00
Following their latest result this past weekend, Kaizer Chiefs have now registered their worst start to an Absa Premiership campaign in a decade.
Amakhosi have come under early scrutiny this season as they continue their search for a first league victory in four matches thus far.
Chiefs’ 0-0 stalemate with Maritzburg United on Friday yielded only their third point, after draws with Mamelodi Sundowns and Baroka as well as a defeat to Bidvest Wits, as they find themselves down in 12th position on the standings.
The last time The Glamour Boys managed such a poor start was under Turkish coach Muhsin Ertugral, when they won one and lost three of their first four league meetings in 2008/09.
New coach Giovanni Solinas has yet to truly find his rhythm with the Soweto giants, with their 3-0 MTN8 quarterfinal victory over Free State Stars the only win under his belt.
Consolation for the Italian tactician could be that he has only suffered one defeat so far, however they have scored just three league goals this time around compared to five back then.
With Chiefs’ attention set to turn towards the cup again this weekend, Solinas still has an opportunity to try and emulate Ertugral by going all the way to lift the MTN8, which the current Ajax Cape Town boss did in 2008.
Meanwhile, the Naturena-based side’s longest wait for a first league win in a season dates back all the way to 2006/07 under German coach Ernst Middendorp, who drew his first four league games, lost his fifth and eventually collected three points in his sixth run-out.
Solinas’s next attempt at a first league victory will come against unbeaten Bloemfontein Celtic, with whom former Chiefs coach Steve Komphela is currently doing wonders, perhaps increasing his chances of potentially beating or equalling Middendorp’s 12-year-old record.