Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas
has urged the club's fans to stay fully committed behind the team ahead
of Wednesday's CAF Confederations Cup tie against Zimamoto FC.
The side are set to face the outfit from Zanzibar in a preliminary
round tie at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, before the return leg on December 4.
However, confidence levels may be low as Chiefs have lost twice to
fierce rivals Orlando Pirates inside a month after losing Saturday's
Telkom Knockout semi-final 2-1 against the Sea Robbers at the Moses
Amakhosi are struggling in the league and have also exited two cup competitions in the form of the MTN8 as well as the TKO.
Nonetheless, Solinas believes fortunes can be improved and urged
supporters to keep the faith ahead of the first leg tie with Zimamoto
He told reporters: "I believe we can change the situation. Maybe we need time, but we can change it.
"We have our plan for the market. Me, I want to say to our
supporters, please guys, don't abandon Kaizer Chiefs and continue
believing in Kaizer Chiefs. I'm sure in the future Kaizer Chiefs will
not disappoint our fans.
"We have our project to reinforce the team, to turn Kaizer Chiefs to
be stronger. We need time. Me, I'll never give up. From now onwards
I'll work hard to improve. Me, I work hard, guys. Me, every day I work
10 hours. Maybe it's not enough, maybe I'll have to work 11, 12 hours.
But me I'll never give up. I want to improve, fighting, this is my
spirit, this is my hope.
"Me, I take responsibility hey. Don't worry, I take responsibility. I
put my face with the fans, with the media. This is my face, this is my
responsibility. I'll continue to work hard for Kaizer Chiefs, for
this badge, because this is a very big club. The best club
in South Africa, one of the best on the African continent. Me, I will
Chiefs named a 24-man squad for the encounter with the most notable
exclusions being striker Gustavo Paez and winger Bhongolethu Jayiya.
Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Virgil Vries, Bruce Bvuma
Defenders: Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Siyabonga Ngezana, Erick Mathoho,
Daniel Cardoso, Teenage Hadebe, Mario Booysen, Godfrey Walusimbi,
Midfielders: Dumsani Zuma, Willard Katsande, George
Maluleka, Siphelele Ntshangase, Dax Andrianarimanana, Hendrick Ekstein,
Lebogang Manyama, Kabelo Mahlasela, Philani Zulu, Khama Billiat
Strikers: Leonardo Castro, Bernard Parker, Ryan Moon