Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has explained the reasons for his rotation of last week as being to refresh his lineup‚ man-manage a big squad of players and anticipate CAF football.
Solinas said that when Chiefs begin playing in the 2018-19 CAF Confederation Cup from December it will need its fringe players whom he is preparing now.
Getting the first win after a stuttering start with the now famous 4-1 away win against Cape Town City‚ Solinas took a gutsy move by resting seven key players against Free State Stars in Goble Park last week.
The gamble paid off and the mixed-strength Chiefs saw off Stars 2-0. Thereafter a refreshed‚ full-strength Amakhosi brushed AmaZulu aside 2-0 for a third straight in at FNB Stadium.
Solinas explained the difficulty of balancing the need to get Chiefs winning convincingly.
“When we play every two to three days we need to refresh the lineup,” Solinas said.
“It is difficult for me. Because I have a lot of good players. But the rules are that eleven players play and seven are on the bench.”
The Italian further showed foresight on the upcoming and notoriously challenging Confederation of African Football (CAF) duties.
“We have 32 players in the squad. Chiefs are a big club competing for a lot of trophies. In November‚ December we start to compete in Africa.”
“When you compete for a lot of trophies you need a big squad. A big squad is good for African competition. Because when you play in Africa‚ you travel for at least seven‚ eight‚ nine hours. When you come back to South Africa‚ your players are tired‚ and you will need a team to compete in the PSL,” Solinas concluded.