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Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas wary of SuperSport United threat

17:31 BST 23/08/2018
Giovanni Solinas, Kaizer Chiefs, July 2018
The Amakhosi mentor admits that he is wary of the threat that the reigning MTN8 champions may pose

Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas remains cautious of SuperSport United ahead of their MTN8 semi-final first leg clash on Sunday afternoon.

The Amakhosi manager has also showered his opposite number, Kaitano Tembo with praise for his exploits with Matsatsantsa. 

Solinas said the reigning MTN8 champions have been on a good run so far after defeating the likes of Orlando PiratesBidvest Wits and AmaZulu this season. .

For the Soweto giants, they have suffered three draws and a loss to the Clever Boys in their Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign, but defeated Free State Stars in their quarter-final of the knockout competition.

“We will continue to prepare for this game, it is important for us, but it will be very difficult because the opponent is very good and strong,” Solinas told the media on Thursday.

“I have big respect for SuperSport because they were strong in their last three games, they won their last three games against Pirates, Wits and AmaZulu – they are a very good team,” he added.

“They have a fantastic coach, he prepares the team very well and is very good in tactics and strategy, so this will be a difficult game for us in every situation,” continued the Amakhosi coach.

“Physically they will be difficult because they fight and tactically. We need to focus, concentrate and work hard because that will not be an easy match,” responded the Italian manager.

Amakhosi are under pressure to lift trophies as they are still haunted by their three-year trophy drought which they suffered under ex-coach Steve Komphela.

On the other hand, the former Free State Stars boss has confirmed that new signings Mario Booysen and Lebogang Manyama will not make their debuts on Saturday.  

“For the Saturday game against SuperSport, both Mario and Lebo are not available. They need fitness, so they won’t be in the squad for the next game,” Solinas concluded.

Meanwhile, the first leg semi-final will be staged at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday at 15:00 whilst Cape Town City will welcome Mamelodi Sundowns in the first semi-final on Saturday afternoon.