Cavin Johnson Doubles Down on Kaizer Chiefs Not Needing to Reinforce Squad During Transfer Window

Cavin Johnson Doubles Down on Kaizer Chiefs Not Needing to Reinforce Squad During Transfer Window

Jarryd Westerdale
February 22, 2024 at 1:55 PM
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  • Kaizer Chiefs took a cautious approach to new signings during the January transfer window
  • Cavin Johnson felt he was still assessing the squad and that additions were unnecessary
  • At least 10 new faces arrived at Naturena in the previous window with some yet to play

Cavin Johnson is remaining consistent on his pre-AFCON transfer stance.

Kaizer Chiefs resumed their domestic campaign with a goalless draw against Royal AM, immediately prompting calls for a goalscorer.

Amakhosi had over a month of uninterrupted preparation time to fine-tune their second-half-of-the-season strategy and fans were expecting more.

Cavin Johnson, Kaizer Chiefs, Amakhosi, Nedbank Cup, Milford FC, Ashley du Preez.
Cavin Johnson stated that Kaizer Chiefs' decision not to sign new players was the correct one and backed his strikers to hit the back of the net soon. Photo: @JoburgPost.
Source: Twitter

Johnson places the responsibility squarely on his own shoulders, saying that he is the one who needs to mould the squad into a unit.

Reiterating why they didn't sign any new players, he said he was still in the process of figuring out Kaizer Chiefs' best combinations and has ample talent at his disposal. iDiskiTimes quoted him saying:

“I don’t think you can buy success, you can buy good players to add to what you have but you need to work on a lot of things and respect your strikers."

That said, Amakhosi signed 10 players in the previous window, including Pule Mmodi, Given Msimango, Sibongiseni Mthethwa and Jasond Gonzalez.

Johnson's honeymoon period is over and the unforgiving fans would have wanted to hit the ground running when the season resumed.

Chiefs' next assignment is at home against second-tier upstarts, Milford FC. The Nedbank Cup tie presents the perfect opportunity for the strikers to get among the goals, using Mamelodi Sundowns' example from earlier in the week.

Nothing but a convincing win will appease the Amakhosi faithful and Johnson seems confident that that will happen. IOL reported his sentiments:

"I am not worried about anything. They must pick up their socks and score the goals.”

Kaizer Chiefs play Milford FC on Sunday evening at 18:00.

Cavin Johnson explains Amakhosi omissions

Sports Brief recently reported on Johnson highlighting why Bafana Bafana were short of Kaizer Chiefs players.

He stressed that Chiefs need to consistently match the levels of other top teams in order for players to be selected.

The interim boss acknowledged potential national team-calibre players but pointed out the need for consistency.

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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.