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Cavin Johnson offers insight into Chivaviro’s emotional reaction to substitution

Following Ranga Chivaviro’s visibly frustrated reaction to being substituted during Saturday’s DStv Premiership tie against Polokwane City, Kaizer Chiefs coach Cavin Johnson has weighed in with his perspective. 

Chivaviro displayed clear displeasure upon being replaced as Chiefs beat Polokwane City 1-0 at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium. Pule Mmodi’s solo goal in the 51st minute was enough to earn the Soweto giants maximum points on the road.

This was Chiefs’ second successive win, as they came into this match on the back of a narrow 1-0 win over Moroka Swallows in a Soweto Derby last month. Chivaviro was substituted against Rise and Shine and was visibly frustrated.

The ex-Marumo Gallants frontman was taken off in the 67th minute of the contest. Efmamjjasond González replaced him in attack. 


“I have to go back to make sure his head is clean because you know what strikers are like,” said Johnson. 

“Strikers are like goalkeepers, they are mad. Sometimes they are mad. They want to score goals because that’s what fumes their football body when they score goals. 

“I think he should have scored one. He had a nice chance, he made it himself as he put it on his left foot but he was a little bit calmer and the right side of the goal was open but he tried to take a snapshot. If he should have pushed it in, it should have been a goal.”

Ranga Chivaviro in action for Kaizer Chiefs against Polokwane City.
Ranga Chivaviro in action for Kaizer Chiefs against Polokwane City


The Glamour Boys’ mentor went on to say Chivaviro needs to realise that he’s no longer part of Marumo Gallants. He warns that playing for Chiefs comes with a lot of “pressure”. 

“The big thing that he has to realise is that he’s no longer playing for Marumo. He’s playing for Kaizer Chiefs and that comes with so much pressure,” he added. 

“But not to be today. And yes, he does come from an area where he scored I think 12 or 13 goals in a season. So, all that stuff as far as a striker is concerned, always plays on your mind. 

“Besides being a good player and a good person that comes with a lot of times [sic]… Every game you play and whatever centre-back you play against is not going to play at 50%. He’s going to play at 150%. So, you have to up your game to 200%.”

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