Kaizer Chiefs mentor Giovanni Solinas happy with attacking options at his disposal

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The thought of a four-pronged attack excites the former Free State Stars head coach ahead of Amakhosi's clash with the Citizens

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas could unleash Lebogang Manyama against his former side, Cape Town City on Saturday.

The South Africa international recently joined Amakhosi on a free transfer last month after being released by Turkish Super Lig side Konyaspor at the end of last season.

Manyama, who struggled for game time during his one-year spell with Konyaspor, was put on a special training program in order to bring him up to speed fitness-wise.

Solinas has revealed that he will consider fielding Manyama and the attack-minded trio of Leonardo Castro, Khama Billiat, Lebogang Manyama and Dumisani Zuma in a four-pronged attack. 

"In my opinion, when Lebo comes in, we can play with Castro, Billiat, Lebo and Zuma," Solinas said on Daily Sun

However, the Italian tactician, who is still searching for his first win in the league as Chiefs coach, knows that such an approach cannot be done at the expense of an exposed defence.

"We want to play attacking football, so we must show attacking football. But, it might be a problem after the ball is lost hey, defensively. Yes, this is a challenge, but I like this challenge, I trust this challenge," he continued. 

Manyama is a versatile player as he is able to play both in midfield and attack having started his professional career as an attacking midfielder at Ajax Cape Town. 

"We need balance, we need to solve this as a collective. When you play a lot of attacking players, like strikers, we need the strikers to also participate in the defensive job," he said.

"Because if they don't participate, we have only six players to recover the ball. Sometimes it's okay, you can recover the ball with six players, sometimes not. Sometimes you need to drop and be a compact team, but I'm curious with this challenge. I'll wait, I am curious. I am confident," Solinas explained.

"I am optimistic because in my opinion, Castro, Billiat, Lebo and Zuma can play together. Yes, the problem for us is the defensive job but when we have the ball the problem is also for the opposing team," he concluded.

Chiefs will travel to the Cape Town Stadium where they are scheduled to face City in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) game on Saturday. 

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