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Kaizer Chiefs coach: It was a difficult game because of the small field

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has said his team could not play its football because of the smaller size of the pitch at Highlands Park’s Makhulong.

Amakhosi missed out on marking four victories on the trot with the goalless draw against the Lions of the North.

Solinas said after the game the pitch size affected Chiefs.

“Difficult game to play because of the small field, the grass was not good to play combinations. It was not easy today,” Solinas said to local media.

The Italian continued to explain how the pitch conditions forced his team to adopt a different style of play.

“I don’t like playing a lot of long balls, long throw-ins. It’s a farting game. In the second half we created chances to win the game it’s a pity we didn’t convert these chances. But it’s okay we now focus on the next game.”

Solinas made two inspired substitutions that livened up the game for Chiefs, namely Hendrick Ekstein and Bernard Parker.

“We changed to refresh the team. We put on a player like Pule [Hendrick Ekstein] very good on the ball, good technique. [He] can play quick combinations. We put on [Bernard] Parker to put more pressure on the Highlands Park defence.”

Despite the field complaint, Solinas still concluded his assessments on a positive note.

“Good game, both teams played well. We created chances to score but it’s a pity [we didn’t score]. I appreciate the effort from my players. In the last minute they tried to win the game so I’m happy.”

Siseko Gwegwe
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