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Zimamoto v Kaizer Chiefs

Defensive concern for Kaizer Chiefs as Ramahlwe Mphahlele is ruled out for Zimamoto clash

13:16 GMT+3 04/12/2018
Ramahlwe Mphahlele of Kaizer Chiefs
Mphahlele is the only right full-back registered for the Caf Confederation Cup, meaning Solinas will have to improvise against Zimamoto

Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas is aware that Zimamoto will not be a walk in the park, especially in their own backyard when the two sides meet at the Amaan Stadium on Tuesday. 

Amakhosi head into the second leg of the Caf Confederation Cup preliminary rounds carrying a 4-0 advantage. 

However, the Italian mentor understands the importance of giving their Zanzibar-based opponents the respect that they deserve. 

“We landed safely. We are looking forward to a good encounter. Zimamoto won’t allow us a walk in the park in their own backyard,” said Giovanni Solinas to the Amakhosi website. 

“The facilities are fine and are conducive to play our game of football,” he added. 

The match will be played on an artificial turf, something which Amakhosi are not accustomed to, but Solinas doesn't think the pitch will affect his team's style of play in any way. 

“The pitch is an artificial turf which is different from what we are used to, but it does allow the play to flow," continued the Italian mentor. 

The 50-year-old hinted that he will rotate his squad as this has been the case since he joined the club to give other players a chance and rest those who have been playing regularly. 

But one area of concern is that Ramahlwe Mphahlele didn't travel with the team to Zanzibar due to injury. 

Chiefs decided not to register Kgotso Moleko for this tournament, and Rama's absence will force Solinas to improvise on the right hand side of the Amakhosi back four.  

“Also, it’s very humid, which will bring another element into play. We will once again manage the squad, considering the number of back-to back matches we are playing and the travelling,” he said. 

“Rama didn’t join. We just hope that his injury is not severe,” concluded Solinas.