Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Sergio Dos Santos says he is not a Dillan Solomons fan, but that the Chiefs wingback has proved him wrong, and goes into explain what Solomons did to impact the Soweto Derby so greatly.
Kaizer Chiefs took home the bragging rights, by beating their rivals with a beautifully taken Yusuf Maart long range drive from within his own half, a Puskas Award contender indeed. A shot that caught Siyabonga Mpontshane unawares and way off his line. One goal was all that Chiefs needed, but a lot of ground work was done in preparation.
“Chiefs did all the right things this time around, they seemed to have done their homework, I have to compliment Arthur Zwane. He got his players to be a lot calmer by not being too attack minded, and he did not complicate the match,” Sergio Dos Santos told This Is Football. Africa.
“The defence was much tighter and much more compact, especially with Dillan Solomons, which was a master stroke by Arthur Zwane to play him instead of Reeve Frosler. Because Solomons had the speed to contain Saleng, and prevented him from getting balls in behind the defence, and he did it exceptionally well. For the very first time, because I’m not a Solomons fan but have to say this, he was disciplined and kept his cool, he never went into tackles unless he could win them.”
The win at the weekend was Amakhosi’s fourth successive Soweto derby win, but it also became the first time either of the teams have won four in a row within the PSL era, making the loss ominous, and calling into question the in-game intelligence of Jose Riveiro.
““Kwinika, Dove and Hlanti complimented him (Solomons) well, Hlanti especially because of his discipline, he kept his shape and the defence played a lot deeper than they normally do, which didn’t give Pirates that space in the last quarter,” continued Dos Santos. “
“They all kept their shape, when Solomons was exposed, Kwinika covered for him and when Hlanti got exposed, Dove covered for him. So the backline was totally outstanding.”