Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has brushed off the suggestions that the missing support played a role in the team’s defeat at the hands of Polokwane City at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
City upset the Glamour Boys 1-0 on Saturday evening, 6 October 2018.
“Excuse me‚ I don’t want to speak about the (lack of) support.”
“We didn’t lose the game because there weren’t any supporters. I don’t want that to be an excuse,” Solinas said.
The Italian’s post-match assessment instead confirmed he did not figure out City’s offensive style in the first half.
“We didn’t understand the manner [in which] they attacked… no clear idea. By the second half, the guys performed.”
Chiefs nevertheless paid the price in the first half, which saw Rise and Shine score the only goal of the match through Vusimuzi Mngomezulu.
Solinas claimed that after the goal, City made no attempt to get forward, making it difficult for his side to play.
“Disappointed for the first half. ”
“In the second half, the guys played well. In the first half, no. [There was] no mobility, no movement,” Solinas said.
“They led 1-0, they stayed back and didn’t create chances – only [the one] to score, but this is a football game. This situation can happen.”
Solinas additionally said Polokwane stopped playing and negatively defended.
“In the second half, in my opinion, the performance was positive. It’s not easy to play the second-half in this manner because they [all stayed] behind the ball. The space was very tight.”
Chiefs now has close to two weeks before playing again in the Telkom Knockout Cup during the weekend of 20-21 October 2018.