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Cavin Johnson: ‘We can take a little bit of arrogance from that…’

Kaizer Chiefs coach Cavin Johnson has singled out one thing the team “can take arrogance” from amidst an unimpressive run of form.

10-man Chiefs were held to a goalless draw by Moroka Swallows on Saturday in a DStv Premiership encounter at the FNB Stadium.

The result means Chiefs fans are yet to celebrate a goal in 2024, having played goalless draws against 12th placed Royal AM, second tier side Milford FC and 14th placed Swallows.

In fact, since Johnson took over as interim coach following Molefi Ntseki, Amakhosi have only managed to score more than one goal in a game once. It was a 3-2 win over Cape Town Spurs in November.
Nonetheless, Johnson has picked a positive to be ‘arrogant’ about as they look to end the season strongly.

“Our target is one that we’ve always had since the beginning of the time I took over. It’s to win every game and get as high as possible in the league,” Johnson said during the post-match press conference.

Acknowledging the missed opportunity in the cup competition, Johnson emphasised the importance of upcoming league matches.

Cavin Johnson of Kaizer Chiefs at Naturena
Cavin Johnson. Picture by Kaizer Chiefs

“Now we’ve come back and because we let ourselves down in the Nedbank we’ve got to make sure that every game we play from now onwards is a cup final. We also know that every team we play against plays against Chiefs as if it is a cup final. We’ve got our work cut out for us…”


While acknowledging the unbeaten run in the last six games, Johnson stressed the need for points. “We haven’t lost a game in the last six matches so we can take a little bit of arrogance from that but we need the points. The bottom line is that we need the points. A draw today [on Saturday against Swallows] is two points lost.”

The last time the Soweto giants lost a league game was on 11 November 2023 against Orlando Pirates whom they face next Saturday. Since then, they have won three [all on 1-0 scorelines] and drew three.

Two of those draws were goalless, while one was a 1-1 stalemate against Sekhukhune United.
Amakhosi face Golden Arrows in their next fixture at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday night.

Abafana Bes’thende have gone nine matches without a win this season under Mabhuti Khenyeza. Coincidentally, their last win was against Chiefs on 28 October 2024.

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