Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas is relishing the opportunity of enjoying his first taste of Soweto Derby action.
The Italian-born mentor believes that while both teams may want to assert their supremacy over the other, he has called for respect from both camps ahead of one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) calendar.
“I have been in front of 18 000 fans before, but never in front of 90 000, this game is big for all of South Africa,” Solinas was quoted as saying by IOL.
“This is going to be an unbelievable experience for me. I want to enjoy this game, it is just beautiful,” he explained.
“I hope there is no violence. I hope the fans respect each other. Chiefs will try to win, and so will Pirates, but please let’s respect each other,” he urged.
“I have had big games at ES Setif against Esperance Tunis in the Caf Champions League, but nothing like this before,” continued the coach.
Moreover, Amakhosi are yet to beat the Buccaneers in the past two seasons in the league and Solinas says previous results will not count on the day.
“I am not worried about this because it’s in the past. Why should I worry about previous results? The past should always stay in the past. Chiefs play to win,” he concluded.
According to the PSL log table, Chiefs are seated in third with 14 points from 10 games whilst Milutin Sredojevic's men occupy second spot with 16 points.