Giovanni Solinas: Kaizer Chiefs are better prepared for the Soweto Derby this time around

The Amakhosi mentor has declared that his men are ready for the eagerly anticipated encounter that will be staged at the iconic venue in Durban

Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas says they will arrive at the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates in high spirits compared to the previous clash where they were defeated 2-1 in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The Italian-born mentor has also welcomed the fact that he has no injury concerns because all of his players are available for selection as they look to reach the final of the Telkom Knockout Cup.

“I think we will arrive in this game, which is very important, much better than the last Derby,” Solinas told the media.

“Now it is much better because all the players are available, the fitness is okay and for me this is positive. We are Kaizer Chiefs and you know that we play to win,” he continued.

“At the time we had injuries, we had players that had not trained for five or six days - for example, Khama (Billiat) only recovered the day before the match after he did not train for six days,” added the coach.

“We also did not have Lebo Manyama (car accident), and generally our condition was not good,” he concluded.

In the previous Derby, the Glamour Boys missed the likes of Manyama whilst Leonardo Castro and Billiat were not 100% fit, but the former Free State Stars coach is confident of an improved showing on Saturday afternoon.

Manyama was involved in a car accident previously ruling him out of the meeting between the two sides, but the Bafana Bafana international is expected to be ready for his first taste of Soweto Derby action on Saturday. 

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A look back at Chiefs' road in the TKO Cup so far, they have defeated Black Leopards on penalties in the Last 16, before going on to grab a 1-0 victory over SuperSport United in the quarter-finals. 



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