Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas has refused to point fingers at any of his players following another defeat to rivals Orlando Pirates on Saturday.
Once again, Chiefs missed out on an opportunity at securing silverware as the defeat meant that their aspirations of winning the Telkom Knockout went up in smoke.
Chiefs fell behind early on due to a superb move that allowed Thembinkosi Lorch to open the scoring, before Leonardo Castro drew Amakhosi level.
However, a lapse in concentration at the end allowed Justin Shonga to score what was the winning goal, breaking Chiefs' hearts.
“A lapse in concentration caused us the match,” Solinas was quoted by the club’s website as saying.
“But I don’t want to apportion blame on anyone – we win and lose together,” he added.
On many occasions, Chiefs’ centre-back pairing of Siyabonga Ngezana and Mario Booysenn were caught out by the sheer pace of the Pirates attack.
“We had been doing well the past three games,” he said.
“Mario Booysen is a good organiser who communicates well, while Siyabonga Ngezana is a future player for the national team, being strong and working hard. The two have done well in the past three games, hence we continued with their pairing for this Soweto Derby,” he explained.
Meanwhile, despite Chiefs' wait for a trophy continuing, Solinas is not ready to throw in the towel.
“There are still three more trophies to play for this season,” Solinas reiterated.
“I will not give up and I will continue to work hard to improve the team,” concluded the Italian. “We have to remain positive. It is going to be difficult to sleep tonight though. But, come Sunday, we will roll up our sleeves and prepare for the next match,” he concluded.
Chiefs’ attention now returns to the league as next up they take on Golden Arrows on Saturday.