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Just Watch: Dillan Solomons

Solomons is a consolation in an otherwise dismal season for Swallows. They are on the brink of relegation, but the gifted Solomons has played with a flair and hunger that will attract strong and suitors desperate like Kaizer Chiefs
Sat, Jun 11, 2022

Swallows FC have not done a lot right this season but signing speedster Dillan Solomons was one of the rare bright moments from a gloomy campaign. The Dube Birds are fighting for their lives, trying to retain their DStv Premiership status to avoid the fate the club suffered seven years ago when they slipped into oblivion after they were relegated at the Thohoyandou Stadium during the Leon Prins era. But Solomons has been the bright spark…

Some 12 months ago, the 23-year-old was playing in the second tier of South African football, and a few years before that he aspired to represent the country at the Youth Olympics as a track and field athlete, he confirmed in an interview with City Press. Today, the utility player is a few months away from the biggest move of his career, with good intel that his next destination is Kaizer Chiefs.

Solomons joined the Dube Birds from Cape Town All Stars as part of a long list of players brought in to strengthen the Soweto side and build on a sixth-place finish on the log under coach Brandon Truter… or so he thought.

But with the coach fired and the season going from bad to worse, it wasn’t easy picking out Solomons as a silver lining, even though when his performances are looked at in isolation, he has indeed been a stand-out player. With speed and the ability to play almost everywhere on the pitch, he is an asset and can definitely now dream about more than the Olympic Games.

His story is only just beginning, and it’s not difficult to predict a trajectory that will follow as soon as he moves on to one of the big clubs in SA.

Despite the reported financial turmoil and non-payment of the Swallows players, the right back – also a wide player and maybe even a striker – has hardly looked like he had downed tools during the course of the season.

He’s also never looked out of place as a rookie in the topflight. So, the interest from rival clubs, particularly from Chiefs, comes as no surprise.

Solomons is exactly the kind of player new Amakhosi coach Arthur Zwane is looking for: hungry, committed, young and brazen. The Glamour Boys have lacked that. And Zwane will relate. He too moved to Naturena as a wide player desperate to win trophies and make the big step up in his career – at the time Chiefs were making wholesale changes in 2001 and in pursuit of dominance.

Zwane takes over a side that has not won any major silverware since 2015 despite a few close shaves since the glory days. Solomons could arrive there just as the new coach is turning over a new page, and that means there’s no better way to hit the ground running than joining a squad when it has hit rock bottom. The only way is up. Right?

 

  • Watch Cape Town All Stars v Swallows on 11 June, at 3pm on SuperSport, DStv channel 202

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