Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Rudolph Seale says the pressure will remain on coach Giovanni Solinas' shoulders until he wins a trophy.
The retired defender believes although the Italian manager led his men to their first week of the season over the weekend, he still needs to lift a trophy this season to ease the pressure.
Chiefs beat Free State Stars 3-0 in their MTN8 Cup quarter-final match on Saturday at the FNB Staadium just days after losing 3-1 to Bidvest Wits in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) last week.
“Honestly from what I observed, the performance was good... much better, but all I can say is that it was bound to happen - they couldn't afford to lose twice in a row,” Seale told Goal.
“I mean this is the first trophy and they must go all out to challenge and they couldn't let this one pass by. I think to win a trophy early in the season will be a massive boost,” he added.
“It was a must-win for them, the season is still new and they had to bounce back from their midweek loss otherwise we would be saying the same old story,” reacted the former Giant Blackpool defender.
“You know they come from three seasons with no trophy, and we would be seeing that continuing again this season if they didn't win on Saturday,” he continued.
“I wouldn't say he is not under pressure because he won his first match. You will remember Steve Komphela reached two cup finals, but did not win a trophy," recalled the former Bafana Bafana defender.
“People are not looking at how many games you win as a coach, but how many trophies you bring to the club. So, he must keep working hard and winning the games, but most importantly, the supporters want trophies,” he added.
“It is still early to say he is not under pressure because of one win - the season is a marathon and he must show it was not a fluke. I think he is aware of the pressure and he must bag a trophy or two this season,” said the 51-year-old.
Amakhosi will now take on SuperSport United in the semi-finals, and Seale expects it to be a tough encounter.
“It will definitely be a difficult match against SuperSport. We all know they lift their game against Chiefs and Pirates,” he warned.
“They are the defending champions and will want to keep their trophy, and this also tells us something about the standard of the PSL - there are no underdogs now,” asserted the legend.
“Pirates lost at home and this is a message to Chiefs that they must also be disciplined and ensure they do not look in the past and say, 'we are guaranteed of a win',” urged the Soweto-born ex-defender.
“I also want to see the coach pushing his defence to protect the keeper like they did against Free State, (Itumeleng) Khune might be back against Baroka FC, but they must not let him do everything at the back – he needs a strong defence,” said Seale.
“Khune was good last season and against (Mamelodi) Sundowns last week, but to concede three goals against Wits was shocking and it shows something about that defence – I am hoping to see them improve going forward and it was also good to see the Nambian keeper (Virgil Vries) keeping a clean sheet,” he concluded.