Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas calls for focus ahead of the clash against Orlando Pirates

The Amakhosi boss revealed that his charges are showing commitment at training, but he remains wary of the Buccaneers

Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has urged his troops to concentrate for 90 minutes as they prepare for the clash against Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon.

Ahead of the eagerly awaited Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final clash which is set to be staged at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Italian trainer says striker Lebogang Manyama is ready for the Soweto Derby.

“Lebo Manyama has been training. He is fully fit and he should be ready to play in the derby,” Solinas told the media on Thursday.

“We lost the last derby. We take lessons because it taught us that we need more fighting and concentration. You need more than 90 minutes of focus because we can go to penalties - we have to focus on the details,” he urged.

The Alexandra-born forward has recovered from injury after suffering a broken arm during a car accident he sustained just before the previous derby last month and his availability comes as a huge boost for the coach.

Moreover, the manager also spoke about some of his international players, who were on national duty during the recent Fifa international break, saying they did not have enough time to prepare because some arrived on Wednesday.

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“We don't have a lot of time to prepare because international players came back yesterday. Some today, we have two days to prepare for the derby. Today we trained very well and I saw the commitment from my players. I'm happy,” he continued.

“We'll need quick integration. We practised situations that we can solve and we will need to quickly focus. We don't have a lot of time, but I'm happy because of the commitment and understanding shown by players,” he concluded.


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