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Don't write Kaizer Chiefs off yet, warns UDM leader Bantu Holomisa

13:02 GMT+3 30/10/2018
Bantu Holomisa, President of UDM, 2017
Holomisa feels that chopping and changing of the winning team is hurting Amakhosi, who are hoping to end their three-year trophy drought under Solinas

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa feels Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas is partly to blame for the team inconsistecy following the club's defeat to arch-rivals Orlando Pirates.

Amakhosi succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Buccaneers at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg this past weekend.

Holomisa, who is a staunch Chiefs supporter, feels that the chopping and changing of the winning team is costing the Naturena-based side. 

“I think the problem with Chiefs [is that] the coach (Giovanni Solinas) is chopping and changing the winning team. You can’t be changing the squad all the time because that messes up the combinations," Holomisa told The Citizen.

The Italian tactician replaced Steve Komphela, who failed to win a major trophy with Chiefs during his three-year spell with the club.

"It seems that our new coach (Solinas) has not learned from the previous coach (Steve Komphela), who used to change winning squads," he continued.

“You have to retain at least nine players all the time in order to form good combinations and only change two to three players at a time. You can’t change the whole team and hope to continue winning," he added. 

“I’m not a coach or a technical expert in football, but the little knowledge I have is that you need at least one midfielder who can take the game to the opponents and we did not have that on Saturday. All our midfielders failed to rise up to the occasion," Holomisa said. 

Chiefs opened the scoring through Khama Billiat, but two goals from Innocent Maela and Vincent Pule handed Pirates the victory.

“You can’t blame Billiat and the other strikers for not scoring because they did not get proper service from the midfield. Generally, the Chiefs midfield was not aggressive enough," he explained.

"(Siphelele) Ntshangase and the other boy on the far right (Dumisani Zuma), but especially Ntshangase, were flat even in the first half. Maybe the (George) Maluleka and (Willard) Katsande combination could have worked, but the coach thought otherwise," he said.

The defeat left Chiefs placed seventh on the PSL standings - six points behind log leaders Bidvest Wits, but Holomisa has urged Chiefs fans not to press the panic buttons as the team can still challenge for the league title.

“There’s no need to panic though. This is football. The league is still open. So, you can’t write Kaizer Chiefs off yet. You do so at your own peril,” concluded Holomisa.