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Cavin Johnson’s promise to revitalise crestfallen Chiefs fans

Cavin Johnson has made a promise that will likely excite Kaizer Chiefs fans, who are in despair as the club is experiencing its worst run ever in SA’s topflight.

Chiefs have become a laughing stock in the last eight years, with the club’s trophy cabinet in Naturena gathering dust.

However, there is a sense of excitement and hope following the announcement of Cavin Johnson as head coach on an interim basis on Monday afternoon.

Johnson replaced Molefi Ntseki, who was sacked four months into the job after a string of poor results while fans pelted him with missiles on four occasions this season.

The appointment of the former Al Ahly assistant, Johnson, has been endorsed by the Amakhosi faithful as they back the experienced PSL tactician to restore the club’s winning identity and culture.

Johnson jumps onto the hot seat after joining the club as the Head of the Academy barely a month ago. He takes over as head coach with the club in eighth position in the DStv Premiership standings with 11 points after nine games.

The Soweto giants have already missed out on lifting the MTN8, losing in the semi-finals against Mamelodi Sundowns and the newly formed Carling Knockout Cup as they suffered defeat in the Last 16 against AmaZulu FC.

Cavin Johnson at the Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena
Cavin Johnson

However, all is not lost, as Johnson has promised Chiefs’ supporters a bright future in which they will forget about the club’s struggles.


“Firstly, I would like to thank the chairman, Dr Kaizer Motaung, for seeing enough in me to have the faith to put me in charge of Kaizer Chiefs,” said Johnson.

“I am sure he thought long and hard about his decision because he knew what he brought me here to do, which is to develop diamonds in the academy.

“But when he felt, in his wisdom, that he needed me somewhere else, I accepted his proposal. To be given the opportunity to coach Amakhosi, one of the world’s great footballing institutions, is a great honour for me.”

The 64-year-old stated that he is ready to commit everything to the Amakhosi cause, promising to: “devote every bit of experience and knowledge I have gained throughout my career to get the team back to winning ways and playing football the Kaizer Chiefs way, that delights the fans and draws more people to the matches.”

Johnson will be eager to get his tenure as head coach off to a positive start in his first assessment against Golden Arrows away from home in a league game on Saturday.

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