Giovanni Solinas happy that Kaizer Chiefs did not lose ahead of the Soweto Derby

The Amakhosi coach stated that a draw against the Chilli Boys ahead of the Soweto Derby is a massive boost for his side

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas admits that they missed their supporters during their 0-0 draw against Chippa United on Saturday evening.

Amakhosi played the Chilli Boys behind closed doors at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match. 

“I am glad this game was the last of playing in an empty stadium," Solinas said in his post-match interview.

"Our supporters are a big factor. They help the players raise their game and play at a high tempo. We missed them here tonight but there's nothing we could do about it," he added.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) match was the Soweto giants' final game behind closed doors as they served their ban following unruly fan behavior at the same venue last season against Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup.

Although they had their chances to secure the full three points, the Italian coach said the Chilli Boys were difficult to beat.

"I am disappointed with the result, although we faced a Chippa United that did well and, as a result, was always going to be difficult to beat,” continued the coach.

"We have played three games in six days. We tried to rotate some players, but you can't make too many changes to the team,” he responded.

Moreover, Chiefs will now head into the Fifa international break before facing their old rivals, Orlando Pirates in a Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final match at the same venue.

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"It is a positive that we didn't lose this match. A loss going to the Derby would have had a negative impact on the team before the Telkom Knockout semi-final (against Pirates). I'm also happy we didn't concede a goal," he concluded.

Solinas will want to mastermind a win over Pirates when the two giants meet on Saturday, November 24 in Durban.

The Cup clash has been moved to the iconic venue due to the unavailability of the FNB Stadium which is Chiefs' home ground.