Pressure may be mounting on Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas but he remains defiant.
Amakhosi once again found themselves on the wrong end of defeat as they played out to a 2-1 loss to Golden Arrows in Durban this past weekend.
However, despite things looking bleak for the Soweto giants and their head coach, when asked about the uncertainty surrounding his future, the Italian-born mentor shrugged off any suggestion that he is a beleaguered figure.
“No. Not worried,” was Solinas’ response, according to Phakaaathi.
Meanwhile, Solinas was understandably disappointed with the result as he believed that it was not a game that Chiefs should have lost.
“We were not supposed to lose this game. We created a lot of chances and we were fighting. But this is football. Check the possession statistics – we dominated them on every count,” he added.
“They defended for 90 minutes and only played on a counter. But we knew they would do that because they have fast players up front. But we made two mistakes and didn’t manage the space behind our defensive line, but it was only in those situations that we were not at our best,” he continued.
Solinas though reveals that the pitch in Durban was one of the reasons responsible for their defeat.
“I don’t remember a pitch like this in South Africa, even at my time with Free State Stars I don’t remember playing on such a bad pitch. The difference between today and last Wednesday is the pitch … the pitch in Port Elizabeth is perfect. But, also the opponents in the Premiership are stronger. Golden Arrows are stronger than Zimamoto," he lamented.
“There are no easy games in the Premiership. We conceded two penalties and we lost it,” he concluded.
Solinas’ attention will now shift back on to continental competition as the club travel to Zanzibar to lock horns with Zimamoto in the second leg of their Caf Confederation Cup preliminary tie.
Chiefs boast a considerable advantage after winning the home leg 4-0 in Port Elizabeth.