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ANALYSIS: Why Kaizer Chiefs have been poor this season

23:30 GMT+3 12/09/2018
Willard Katsande and Bernard Parker, Kaizer Chiefs
Chiefs can't convert their chances, but worryingly, they can't score enough goals even with Billiat and Castro in the team

Football is about winning games and there are two elements of the game that make a team win games and be successful - defending and scoring enough goals.

For Kaizer Chiefs, these two elements are missing and as a result, they are still looking for positive results, leaving millions of their fans often frustrated.

Amakhosi have endured their worst start to a league campaign in over a decade under Giovanni Solinas whom many feel he hasn't had enough time to work on his combinations. 

Last season, Chiefs were very solid at the back and conceded the least number of goals but their strikers were just firing blanks, and this is one area that their management felt needed reinforcement.

And they did just that by acquiring the services of Khama Billiat and Dax before signing Lebogang Manyama on a free transfer just a few weeks ago.

Mind you, Chiefs still had Leonardo Castro, Gustavo Paez and Ryan Moon among other out-and-out strikers prior to making the abovementioned signings.

However, things have not improved even with a midfield which continues to work tirelessly in creating goalscoring opportunities in the final third. 

What's more worrying though is their leaky defence which has given away no less than eight goals in all competitions this season. This is because their centre-back pairing isn't solid enough and there's a comedy of errors in that back four.

Their full-backs are too worried about going forward and creating goalscoring chances while forgetting that their primary job is to defend.

Very often, they have been caught with their 'pants down', leaving everyone in defence vulnerable. Whenever they track back to assist in defence after venturing forward, they lose posit Solinas has to quickly fix this if Chiefs are to start winning games on a regular basis.

The chopping and changing of starting line-ups is also a cause for concern. 

While Solinas is trying to deal with early fatigue on his players, he isn't aware that he is on the other hand destabilising the team.

Chiefs' midfield doesn't always protect the back four, but this is a minor problem that could be fixed by giving Willard Katsande a rest and replacing him with someone with fresher legs like Wiseman Meyiwa.

If Solinas feels Katsande doesn't need some time off to recharge his batteries, then he has to tell his full-backs to only go forward when it's necessary; let it not be part of his tactics to force them to go up and down because they will leave the centre-backs exposed.

Solinas is Italian and he knows the importance of keeping things tight at the back, meaning he should apply the right tactics to ensure that Chiefs score enough goals and defend as a unit to avoid drawing and losing matches.