Kaizer Chiefs news: Strikers' drought not a concern, says Giovanni Solinas
Posted: 9 November 2018 Time: 08:04
Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas feels his strikers’ shortage of goals is no reason for concern as he welcomes the recent contribution of goals from his defenders.
Chiefs have scored just four goals in their last six matches in all competitions, with only one of those coming from their esteemed frontline that received plenty of hype early this season.
Colombian striker Leonardo Castro has three goals in all competitions in the current campaign but has not found the back of the net since the end of August.
Though he may have missed five games through injury across September and October, he has yet to end his drought in the last 254 minutes since returning in the Soweto Derby.
Zimbabwean talisman Khama Billiat, albeit he is the club’s top goal scorer at present, has also managed just one goal and no assists in his last seven league and cup games.
However, Solinas insists this is of no concern for the team as long as his strikers continue to create chances, which he is optimistic will soon be converted into goals.
“I am happy when also other players score, but I have no concern over the strikers because what’s very important is that they create chances, and we do create chances,” said Solinas.
“Khama gets chances; Castro gets chances; [Dumisani] Zuma gets chances – this is very important that they create scoring chances. Now we need to improve on converting these chances.
“But I am happy with the performances of the guys, including the strikers and their combinations. They play very well [together].
“I am also proud of my strikers because, against Black Leopards they also did a good job defensively. We defend as a team which shows good team spirit.”
In their last two matches in which they’ve managed victories by a solitary goal against Leopards and SuperSport United, defensive midfielder Willard Katsande and fullback Ramahlwe Mphahlele were required to spare their blushes in front of goal.
“I am also happy because sometimes it’s good when a defender or midfielder scores and we win the game,” added the Italian.
“It’s not necessary to win the game and have the strikers scoring. What’s very important is to score. [Against Leopards] we scored a goal that we prepared in training.
“This, for me, is very important and I’m happy about it, because we scored in a set-piece and we prepared for it in training. My boys have the quality to score from set-pieces.
“We are very strong, and we need to believe in this. We need to improve in our delivery and our impact timing of the ball inside the box.
“But I am happy because we scored, and we are creating chances, so no problems.”