Solinas anxious over absent 12th man

Premiership

Chiefs face a stern test when they host Polokwane City at their alternative home ground in Durban on Saturday, with the PSL Disciplinary Committee having sanctioned the club for unruly fan behaviour.

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While their confidence would have taken a knock from their goalless draw away to Highlands Park in midweek, the absence of their supporters will also have a massive psychological effect on the players.

Solinas has reiterated that the match will have a “funeral” feel to it, in comparison to the massive support base they enjoyed when they thrashed Cape Town City 4-1 last month.

“It’s a difficult game for us. In my opinion, football without supporters is no good. I repeat, for me, a football game without supporters is like a funeral,” said the Italian.

“Because fans make the atmosphere beautiful to play football. Fans push the players and give them energy to play well, so in a football game the fans are very important.

“Playing without our supporters is a disadvantage for us because we know how our supporters push the players, like in the game against Cape Town City in Cape Town.

“There were 30 000 supporters for us – this is unbelievable. To play without them this weekend is going to be difficult.”

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Meanwhile, Solinas also issued an update on the availability of various players for their trip to KwaZulu-Natal, with new signing Andriamirado Andrianarimanana notably booked into the medical room. 

“The players that are not available is Leonardo Castro – he’s continuing with rehabilitation for his ankle injury,” he announced.

“’Dax’ [Andrianarimanana] is not available [because of] a calf injury; Joseph [Molangoane] has the leg fracture, and he’s also doing much better as he continues with rehabilitation with our physio and specialist.

“All the other players are available for the next game. Everybody has been training well and I am also happy with the team spirit, there’s a lot of solidarity and a good mental state.”

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