Following their 2-1 loss to Orlando Pirates in the first Soweto Derby of the season, Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas remained undettered and hopeful that Chiefs will only improve on their performance.
However, The Italian-born mentor, who experienced his first taste of the iconic Derby, apologised to fans for the result.
“In the first half our defensive was too soft, we lost concentration in set pieces. You will agree with me that the second half was much better,” Solinas told SABC TV.
“We played with more passion and aggression, we created chances and fought until the last minute. In my opinion, we can achieve a trophy in the future and we are a work in progress, and I am happy with our second half,” said the Amakhosi coach.
“I must apologise to our supporters. We wanted to win this Derby for our supporters, so we apologise and we will continue to fight,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, speaking after the game, Pirates coach Sredojevic expressed delight as his side walked away with the three points through goals from Innocent Maela and Vincent Pule after Khama Billiat put the the Glamour Boys ahead.
“First it meant a lot because we have invested a lot this season, we started with our preparations at this stadium with our pre-season in June,” the coach explained.
“Everybody was asking when the Derby will be and it is the biggest game in South African football. It comes with tension and stress,” he continued.
“We worked hard and we believed that football will pay us back. I would like to say we didn't start the way we wanted because we went a goal down and immediately responded with a penalty and we missed it,” Micho said.
“When you miss a penalty in football, psychologically it's very hard and the opponent had a huge advantage, but my players worked really hard to come back,” reacted the Serbian-mentor.
“I want to give credit to the players, they really applied themselves, they respected the jersey and the badge, the supporters,” he added.
“I want to give credit to the technical team especially to coach Rulani (Mokwena) to whom this derby means so much and to our management, and most importantly to our supporters whose prayers and support has been a driving force and motivation,” concluded Micho.