Free State Stars are a difficult side – Giovanni Solinas

Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas will aim to continue on the winning track against his former club Free State Stars. Amakhosi will travel to Goble Park, Bethlehem to face a wounded Ea Lla Koto side on Tuesday, 18 September.

The Naturena based side has had the better of the Free State Stars club in recent matches. The last encounter between the two sides ended in favour of the Soweto giants.

After recording their first win of the season last weekend against Cape Town City, Solinas will hope his troops produce similar results against his former employers. The Glamour Boys won convincingly against the Citizens away from home and will once again target maximum points.

Solinas told his club website that preparations for the match are going well and he is happy with his player’s efforts in training. Amakhosi have dominated matches between the two sides. The commitment is high and the concentration is excellent,” Solinas remarks. “I am happy with the players’ effort in the training sessions.”

The home was on the losing end in their last match against Polokwane City over the weekend. After a challenging start to the 2017/18 campaign, the Nedbank Cup champions will be determined to turn their fortunes around in front of their home crowd.

Solinas also admitted that the clash will be extra special for him as he faces the club that brought him to South Africa.

“Free State Stars are a difficult side and we will respect them,” continues Solinas. “The game will be special, as playing against my former club in their backyard will be emotional.

“Stars introduced me to South African football. So it can’t be business as usual. I support them when they play against other teams.”

Amakhosi will face Stars without the services of some of their senior players due to injuries.

“Leonardo Castro is out with an ankle injury. Erick Mathoho is recovering from a groin strain and Joseph Molangoane’s road to recovery is at the stage of gym work to strengthen.”

Castro started Amakhosi’s last match and will surely be missed upfront. Despite travelling to Free State without their main forward, Solinas has maintained that his side needs to stick to their normal game plan.

“We need to win at home and away,” concludes Solinas. “We will use the same philosophy. We want to dominate and play well. We will play attacking football.”