Kaizer Chiefs have only won three of their 11 games in the league under Giovanni Solinas. After their loss to Orlando Pirates, it’s clear that Amakhosi made a mistake by hiring the Italian coach.
Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena told reporters earlier last week.
“…losing Steve Komphela was a big loss for Chiefs from a technical perspective and the type of leader that he is as well as the tactical acumen that he possesses.”
What he meant to say was: “Giovanni Solinas doesn’t know what he is doing.”
Which is true.
Much was expected of Orlando Pirates after their blistering finish to the 2017/2018 season they, however, have started this year’s campaign on a less than impressive note.
The Sea Robbers have managed to win only two of their first five games in the Absa Premiership, scoring 4 goals (two own goals, a penalty, and one goal in open play) in process. Their defence has been shaky and their forwards don’t seem to know where the right side of the net is.
After the first half of last season, Orlando Pirates were pretty much written off as league contenders but following the New Year, the Buccaneers looked like a different team, they were winning games and scoring goals. Their resurgence was cute, nonetheless, they were far too many points behind Sundowns to mount any challenge to topple the league leaders. But, after a run of wins, they pushed the eventual champions all the way to the last match day of the league.
This season Orlando Pirates are favourites to win the Absa Premiership along with Mamelodi Sundowns, has that burden of expectation contributed to their lacklustre start?