Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni
Solinas bemoaned the absence of key players after Amakhosi were given a scare
by Black Leopards in the Telkom Knockout on Sunday.
The Soweto giants needed penalties to book
a place in the quarter-finals, having come from a goal down to force a 1-1 draw
during the 90 minutes.
The Italian mentor was without six of his
regulars for the match with Lidoda Duhva, such as Lebogang Manyama, Khama
Billiat and Leonardo Castro, who are all out nursing injuries.
"First half my boys did not play well.
But at halftime we fixed the mistakes, we talked about the problem. In the
second half I saw another Kaizer Chiefs. In the second half the performance was
outstanding, also in extra time," Solinas told SuperSport.
"The distance was not right, we did
not press the ball. The distance was not right in between the departments
(lines). Defensively we had no coordination of movement with the ball. So
always we opened the space, this was the main problem. We needed to move the
ball quickly from one side to another.
"I knew today was going to be
difficult for us. We played without six key players. Six key players. We don't
have (Leonardo) Castro, (Khama)Billiat, Lebogang Manyama, (Dumisani) Zuma,
(Siyabonga) Ngezana (and Daniel Cardoso).
"Also, Real Madrid or Barcelona would
struggle without six key players. It was a stressful game for us. I lost two
years of my life today. It's an emotional game when you go into penalty
shoot-outs you know it's a lottery."