Solinas wary of wounded Leopards

Telkom Knockout

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Chiefs enter the match in renewed spirits after defeating Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 in the annual Macufe Cup in Mangaung last weekend.

Solinas's men previously had a four-match unbeaten streak in all competitions snapped by a surprise 1-0 home loss to Polokwane City in the league.

The Glamour Boys are highly motivated to go all the way in the TKO and end a trophy drought stretching into an unprecedented fourth year.

In Leopards they face a side in the bottom half of the Absa Premiership table following their 1-0 loss to Golden Arrows last time out.

Solinas, however, is wary of the threat posed by the wounded topflight newcomers.

"We have to respect Leopards," said Solinas, whose side are third in the PSL standings after 10 matches.

"Myself, I have big respect for Black Leopards. I don't underestimate Black Leopards.

"They started the league well. They are a good team. They try to play football.

"It's not going to be an easy game for us. It's a tough game. I respect this team.

"We are trying to prepare for this game very well because Black Leopards is a dangerous team."

A good result for Chiefs against Lidoda Duvha will serve to raise their confidence for the first Soweto Derby of the season against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on October 27.

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