Chiefs coach Solinas in buoyant mood ahead of derby clash against Pirates

He will know that‚ with Chiefs’ league form a mixed bag to see Amakhosi in fifth place in the Absa Premiership despite some strong signings‚ a second semifinal exit of the season – especially at the hands of Pirates – will make his position at Naturena just that bit more tenuous.

He admitted as much‚ saying at Thursday’s pre-derby press conference at the Premier Soccer League (PSL) offices in Parktown: “But this is not a game – this is ‘The Game’. This is the game with a capital letter ‘G’.

“Chiefs against Pirates is ‘The Game’. It is a very important game.

“And we arrive in this game much better than last time. Because last time we had players injured‚ we had players not training for five or six days.

“For example Khama [Billiat] – we had a problem with Khama‚ who had not trained for six days. He trained only on the day before the derby.

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