- Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas said his club is motivated to win the Telkom Knockout for the legions of supporters who have remained loyal to the club
- The club has endured a nightmarish three-year spell without winning a major piece of silverware
- Solinas is hoping to end that run with the Telkom Knockout trophy
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas has explained that his side is motivated to win the Telkom Knockout for the legions of supporters who have remained loyal to the club. Kaizer Chiefs have not won a major trophy in three years.
The nightmarish three-year silverware drought has caused many supporters to walk away from the Amakhosi while others have openly questioned whether the club still commanded the same level of respect from players and opponents as it once did.
Solinas is hoping to end the trophy drought by winning the Telkom Knockout, his quest for glory received an early boost when Kaizer Chiefs were drawn to play Black Leopards in their opening clash of the tournament.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Kaizer Chiefs missed their first opportunity for silverware this season when they were knocked out of the MTN8 tournament by eventual winners Cape Town City.
Kickoff.co.za reported that Kaizer Chiefs will play Black Leopards at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 21 October. The match is essentially a quarter-final because of how the tournament is structured.
Kaizer Chiefs will undoubtedly head into the match as heavy favourites, but the side is painfully aware that soccer is played on grass, not on paper. The Glamour Boys have a less than stellar record against so-called lesser sides.
Solinas told Goal.com that his side could not and would not underestimate their opponents heading into the match. Solinas has been vocal in his belief that the gap between the top and bottom ranked PSL teams is smaller than ever.
The Italian-born coach said this made the PSL incredibly balanced and very unpredictable. Solinas said he expected the battle for the PSL title and the scrap to avoid relegation to continue until possibly the last round of the season.
Solinas said he would be working and pushing his side so they can perform at a level which will allow the team to win silverware and make the fans happy.
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