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COMMENT: What Giovanni Solinas needs to do to succeed at Kaizer Chiefs

20:13 EAT 10/08/2018
Giovanni Solinas Kaizer Chiefs
The Italian mentor is still new on the job, and while he will need time to instill his philosophy, he must understand that time is not on his side

Giovanni Solinas only joined Kaizer Chiefs on July 14; a day before the Soweto giants travelled to the North West province to take part in the Maize Cup tournament. 

He hasn't had enough time with the players which is understandable, but there are certain things he needs to work on in order to be successful at Amakhosi. 

Chiefs are under pressure to deliver silverware having failed to do so in the last three seasons, and if Solinas is to convince the club supporters that he's the right man for the job then he will have to win trophies. 

As things stand, it doesn't look like Chiefs have improved from last season which is a cause for concern. They have collected a single point from their first two matches, and although the team did well against Mamelodi Sundowns, its performance against Bidvest Wits was below par. 

Goal takes a look at what the Italian mentor should do to win the hearts of millions of Amakhosi fans who are patiently waiting for their first major trophy since 2015. 


One of Steve Komphela's downfalls during his three-year stint was having an unstable technical team, because he worked with three different assistant coaches and three different goalkeeper coaches during that period. 

Patrick Mabedi rejoined Chiefs at the beginning of last season following the departure of John Paintsil, who had replaced Doctor Khumalo. 

If Solinas wants to succeed at Chiefs then he should surround himself with a team that shares the same ideas as him. 

Mabedi worked with Komphela, and Solinas is likely to rely on information from the Malawian mentor to make certain decisions Chiefs.

This will be the biggest mistake because he should be allowed to lead the team from the techical bench. 


Khama Billiat alone cannot be expected to perform miracles at Chiefs. He has shown signs of a player that is hungry and determined to bring success to the Naturena-based club. 

Solinas has to take this into consideration when selecting his starting line-ups, and build his team around the Zimbabwean forward. 

However, Billiat needs the support from his teammates; players who are as hungry and committed. He also needs players with pace and skill to be able to shine for Chiefs. 

Apart from that, Billiat needs the supply from his teammates to make things happen. He's quick and he reads the game very well - if given the platform to make those off-the-ball movements and run behind opposition defenders, then Chiefs will definitely benefit from him.  


Solinas wasn't part of the team's decision to bring in the four players which Chiefs signed, but whether or not this has had an impact on how his team started the season is a topic for another day. 

He might not have the luxury of bringing in new players at the club simply because this is his first season, but the first two games may have helped him identify the players' strengthens and weakness. 

The transfer window is still open, and if Solinas fails to get one or two players of his own before the end of August, then he would be shooting himself in the foot. 

In as much as this is a rebuilding phase for Chiefs, time is not on the coach's side to experiment or gamble his job with the same players that failed Komphela for three consecutive seasons.