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COMMENT: Giovanni Solinas' start to life at Kaizer Chiefs shows Steve Komphela was never a problem

11:11 GMT+3 19/08/2018
Giovanni Solinas, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2018
Winning is part of Amakhosi's culture and tradition, and if Solinas fails to realise this before it's too late then he will be easily forgotten

Kaizer Chiefs have a paltry three points from their first four league matches - their worst start to a new season in the PSL era.

While Giovanni Solinas has been criticised for his team's failure to win matches this season, he cannot entirely be blamed, especially because he has just been on the job for over a month.

However, his biggest headache is how thin his squad is, considering the rest of fellow PSL title contenders.

Thus far, Solinas has used the hectic fixture schedule as an excuse for his team's inability to get results, but it's too early to complain about that, more so because the season has just begun. 

Solinas inherited a team that had not won a major trophy in three full years, and the sooner he realises that it's not going to help his cause to always complain about things he has no control over, the better.

He contiues to sound just like his predecessor, Steve Komphela, who often refused to blame his players for not putting their bodies on the line for the Amakhosi badge.

It's also worth noting that Solinas is chopping and changing his starting line-up week in and week out which could be another contributing factor to his team's woes.

But above all, Chiefs lack quality players who are hungry to win at all costs, and the depth in their squad is also questionable - this has made it impossible for Solinas to find suitable replacements for those who have shown the desire to want to win when they're out injured.

In their MTN8 match against Free State Stars, Solinas fielded what many deemed his strongest team with the likes of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker, Erick Mathoho and Itumeleng Khune all given a much-needed rest, and he brilliantly outsmarted Luc Eymael tactically.

However, he is often forced to rotate the team and he hasn't be able to get it right because of a lack of quality and depth.

Over the years, Chiefs have had to rely on certain individuals to make things happen, and they appear to have been found by their opponents hence their struggle to win games consistently.

With less than two weeks before the closing of the transfer window, it's all up to Solinas to demand a few new signings that will bring about hunger to those who are already in his plans for the season. 

Failure to do so will result in him seeking reasons on why his side isn't doing well which could make fans compare him to Komphela and put the management under pressure to oust him in the near future.  

Like Komphela, Solinas appears to be working fine with little known players where expectations are less, but he will have to improve on this sooner rather than later by selecting his matchday squads on merit and not on reputation. 

Unpopular decisions can sometimes backfire, but if he claims to be in the process rebuilding the team and working on a turnaround strategy, then Solinas cannot rely on the tried and tested because with them comes huge expectations which Chiefs should live up to at all times.