Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso had nothing but criticism for Giovanni Solinas when to say when asked about the Italians 6-months as Amakhosi coach.
Daniel Cardoso was the scapegoat for Kaizer Chiefs’ frailties in defence. His defensive partnership with Ngezana was always one good cross, ball over the top, or missed slide tackle away from disaster. The defender places all the blame at the feet of former Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas.
“When Solinas was here, we were using mannequins in training – there was no physicality or penetration from strikers, and now with coach Ernst Middendorp we’re doing a lot of small-sided games and we’re learning to close it up at the back,”
“One of coach Ernst’s sayings is always to, ‘let them go outside and cover the inside’, which is something that’s always been obvious in football but sometimes you just need a fresh reminder again. But Solinas never ever did any physical work with us [defenders].”
“If you saw in every other game there were about five, six or seven changes to the line-up and you can’t get consistency like that, because you grow confidence as you play,” he added.
“But if you play two games and sit out three games, you start questioning, ‘What have I done wrong?’ And then he’d either tell us that he was resting us or protecting us.
“I think it was an excuse, I don’t think he had much of a plan going forward. We used to sit on the training grounds for three hours, running against mannequins – there was no structure.
“Now, when we go into training it’s energy and high spirits – we’re all over the place, and sessions have gone from three hours to an hour-and-forty-minutes.”
When players make comments like this it’s always never out of the blue. Usually, they are baited by the journalist to say something sensational so they can run with it. That being said, it’s also distasteful to kick a man when he is down. My three-year-old son could see Kaizer Chiefs under Giovanni Solinas had no plan or structure but for a player to come out and say it is a bit mean.