'Without supporters it's a funeral’


Amakhosi will return to Durban for the first time since their unsavoury visit to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in April, when Steve Komphela stepped down as head coach after fans invaded the pitch in frustration at their failure to beat Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup.

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As such, this time Chiefs will face Rise and Shine in an empty stadium after the Premier Soccer League’s Disciplinary Committee slapped their supporters with a three-match stadium ban.

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Solinas feels he will need to work extra hard on preparing his charges mentally to overcome the unusual conditions of playing without their 12th player, likening the expected ambience to that of a funeral. 

“We will need special preparation for the mentality because the atmosphere without the supporters is not real, it’s a strange atmosphere,” said Solinas.

“So, we need to prepare psychologically for the situation, and it’s a pity because a football game is [meant to be] a spectacle, no? It’s good when you have the supporters.

“Without the supporters, the task is no good because football is beautiful when we have an atmosphere with supporters and people are celebrating. Without supporters it’s a funeral.”

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