Chiefs are set to play their third game in just six days when they welcome The Chilli Boys to the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where fans have been banned from attending.


Amakhosi were made to scrape past SuperSport United to advance to the Telkom Knockout semi-final on Sunday, before edging Black Leopards for their first three points since September on Wednesday evening.


Solinas has already defended the type of football his charges have had to resort to in recent fixtures but expects yet another tough battle against a Chippa outfit that have not exerted themselves since losing to Mamelodi Sundowns a fortnight ago.


“This next game is very difficult, even more so than [the Leopards game] because Chippa is very fresh, they haven’t been playing while Kaizer Chiefs have been,” said Solinas.


“Chippa also play well, because in their last game they played against Mamelodi Sundowns and didn’t deserve to lose – even Pitso [Mosimane] said, ‘In the second-half they pinned us back.’


“So, what does that mean? Chippa perform very well. It’s a dangerous team, so it’s a difficult game for us. Also, in the cup, against Pirates, Chippa created chances to score.


“Now, in six days we’re travelling twice to Durban having already played two games. You understand that fatigue is coming? But it’s not an excuse, because we are Kaizer Chiefs and we need to prepare for the game against Chippa and try to win.


“No excuses. We need these three points against Chippa. I know it’s going to be difficult – very difficult.”