Giovanni Solinas may not have been Kaizer Chiefs’ first choice for the coaching job, but he’s doing something right!
The Italian mentor showed just why he should be respected despite a slow start to life at Naturena by winning his third consecutive league match against AmaZulu.
What fans have been critical about Solinas is the fact that he rotates his squad way too much, but this appears to be working for the former Free State Stars tactician.
The Chiefs fans have become familiar with coaches who prefer to keep the winning team for as long as the team is winning matches, but Solinas has introduced a new culture that allows everyone to rest and be hungrier for football in the next match.
He is a master tactician who pleaded for more time to instill his philosophy, and the results are showing as Chiefs continue to win matches and climb up the ladder on the log standings.
As things stand, Amakhosi are one of the best teams in the league this season, thanks to Solinas’ tactics and rotation policy.
But for the Glamour Boys to win the league, Solinas understands that they have to win as many matches as possible, be it home or on the road.
The truth is that he has one of the best squads in the league after Chiefs went all the way to acquire the likes of Khama Billiat, Godfrey Walusimbi and Lebogang Manyama among other players.
Keeping the core of the team that did the duty for his predecessor, Steve Komphela, for the past three years was also vital.
Mind you, Chiefs only released a few players who hardly contributed to the team over the last few seasons at the end of the last term.
They were also familiar with how Komphela wanted them to play, which was mostly about defending and not too much attacking, but in Solinas, Chiefs have found a coach capable of defending and attacking.
This is evident when you look at how Chiefs have played since the international break; a record of three wins, eight goals scored and one goal conceded is good enough for any team that is challenging for the PSL title.
Surely Solinas used the international break well to get the players understand what he expects from them.
There’s a healthy competition among the players, and no one is complaining about the rotation policy that Solinas has introduced since joining the Soweto giants over two months ago.
Keeping the squad happy is the coach’s job, and the 50-year-old is doing a better job than Komphela in that regard, because all the players are equally sharing the workload.
What’s more encouraging is the fact that Solinas has built his team around Billiat, who continues to blossom in the colours of Chiefs.
If Billiat doesn’t score, he creates goalscoring opportunities for his teammates. This despite earlier reports that the other players are not happy with how he's treated by the club in the camp.
This shows how important Billiat is to the team, and Solinas has played a huge role in turning him into a star player for Amakhosi this season.
Billiat has featured nine times for Chiefs this season while scoring thrice and registering six assists in the process. He is expected to carry Amakhosi throughout this term, and if Solinas gives him the freedom to shine, then the team will continue to win matches and make the supporters happy.