Giovanni Solinas defends decision to allow Itumeleng Khune to take a free-kick for Kaizer Chiefs

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The Amakhosi mentor doesn't see anything wrong with Khune taking free-kicks despite having other players capable of scoring from dead ball situations

Kaizer Chiefs  head coach Giovanni Solinas has defended the decision to give goalkeeper and skipper Itumeleng Khune a chance to take a free-kick against Golden Arrows.

During their 2-1 loss to Golden Arrows on Saturday evening, the Bafana Bafana international attempted to beat Maximillian Mbaeva from outside the box, but his attempt went inches wide.

"Sometimes Khune takes the free-kicks and penalties at training; he is very good," said Solinas to the media.

Despite bagging a 4-0 win over Zanzibar's Zimamoto in their opening Caf Confederation Cup match last Wednesday in Port Elizabeth, Amakhosi failed to register a win against Clinton Larsen's men.

The defeat comes after Solinas was starting to praise his men for turning the corner on the back of their 2-1 loss to old rivals Orlando Pirates in the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout Cup a week ago.

"We tried solutions because in the first half and the second half different players tried to score from set-pieces,” responded the Italian coach.

"We also tried an option with Khune's technique, which is very good," he concluded.

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Moreover, the Soweto giants are now turning their focus to their second leg clash against Zimamoto on Tuesday as they campaign to reach the next stage of the continental competition.

Their match against Zimamoto will be staged at the Amaan Stadium in Zanzibar at 18:00 (SA time) and a draw will be enough for the South Africans to progress to the first round.

Upon their return from East Africa, they will be at home on December 12 when they host SuperSport United who lost 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Tshwane Derby on Sunday afternoon.