Cavin Johnson Backed by Former Kaizer Chiefs Star to Make Permanent Impact

Cavin Johnson Backed by Former Kaizer Chiefs Star to Make Permanent Impact

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at December 18, 2023 at 11:07 AM
  • Cavin Johnson is entering his eighth week as interim coach at Kaizer Chiefs
  • Johnson has weathered several storms and strung together positive results
  • Pitso Mosimane has been the favoured replacement but that seems unlikely

As the calendar ticks over, Cavin Johnson gets closer to a permanent contract.

The 65-year-old coach is becoming increasingly popular and is receiving regular public backing from personalities associated with Kaizer Chiefs.

The latest member of the extended Amakhosi family to back Johnson played in the gold and black over 200 times and had a brief stint in Johnson's current position.

Cavin Johnson, Kaizer Chiefs, Patrick Mabedi.
Cavin Johnson has been backed by former players to take permanent charge of Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: @KabeloMohlah02.
Source: Twitter

Malawian midfield general, Patrick Mabedi has given his vote to the manager, stating that he believes the current interim boss is the right man for the future.

Since taking charge, Johnson has had to deal with an Itumeleng Khune-sized distraction as well as accusations around preferential player treatment.

The calm demeanour of the interim boss is arguably his greatest strength, something that has swayed the perceptions of onlookers. Mabedi told SoccerLaduma that his experience in the league is also a key factor, saying:

"He understands the Kaizer Chiefs way of doing things and he understands the players as well. I personally think he has raised his hand for the job right now. The team is in safe hands and for now, there is light at the end of the tunnel."

Talk of Pitso Mosimane refuses to go away, with the former Al Wahda boss continuing to flirt with the possibility. Speaking to Sunday World, Mosimane said:

"I can put out the fires. I have always had to put out the fires, all my career. The issue is what [are] their short and long-term plans. I saw their game against Moroka Swallows recently and I think they need a little bit of work”

Chiefs' final matches of the year are against Richards Bay FC and Sekhukhune United, before a six-week break for AFCON 2023.

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Dr Kaizer Motaung explains appointment delay

Sports Brief recently reported on Dr Kiazer Motaung's explanation on the delay in making a permanent appointment at Kaizer Chiefs.

Several managers have been linked with the job, mainly Pitso Mosimane and Manchester United assistant coach, Benni McCarthy.

Motaung urged the fans to be patient and not expect instant changes or success when they eventually did appoint a new manager.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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