Cavin Johnson Aiming to Write Name Into History As Next Kaizer Chiefs Trophy Winner

Cavin Johnson Aiming to Write Name Into History As Next Kaizer Chiefs Trophy Winner

Jarryd Westerdale
February 23, 2024 at 10:05 AM
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  • Cavin Johnson leads Kaizer Chiefs into the first cup fixture of his tenure
  • Amakhosi have not won a trophy since winning the MTN8 final 10 years ago
  • They begin their search for silverware against Milford FC in the Nedbank Cup

This weekend, Cavin Johnson picks up the sword and shield of the many knights who have gone before him.

Kaizer Chiefs' interim boss was brought in to hold the fort, but owing to his own success, is now tasked with accomplishing what a long list of coaches have failed to achieve.

Johnson seems unfazed by the pressure, stating that regardless of the duration of employment at Amakhosi, he wants to win at every opportunity.

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Cavin Johnson stated that Kaizer Chiefs will respect Milford FC in the Nedbank Cup but wants goals from the strikers. Photo: @KaizerChiefs.
Source: Twitter

Second-tier Milford FC are Johnson and Chiefs' first Nedbank Cup obstacle and the coach is wanting to get off on the best possible foot.

Noting that his forwards are in need of a confidence boost, he is hoping for goals. That does not mean they will underestimate their KZN visitors. He told SowetanLive:

“We are at home playing against Milford but we give them all the respect. We know we will be the favourites on the day, therefore we need to prepare extra hard,”

On the opposite bench is Nhlanhla Mhlongo, who admits that playing a team of Chiefs' stature is a daunting task.

However, he takes solace in knowing that Chiefs deemed it necessary to send scouts to watch them play Maritzburg United last week. He told KickOff:

"Fortunately we watch Kaizer Chiefs games almost every day. Maybe they are the ones who should start the game by sitting back and studying us?"

Johnson has the Amakhosi hierarchy's backing until the end of the season and the goodwill of the fans, for now.

He can write his name into the history books with a trophy, or the fans could turn on him in an instant if Chiefs don't slay Milford FC.

Milford FC owner shares club's vision

Sports Brief recently reported on the vision of Milford FC chairman and founder, Dr Xanti Pupuma.

The club is christened after Dr Pupuma's father, Milford Pupuma, and they are based in KwaZulu-Natal.

Milford FC play in the NFD and qualified for the Nedbank Cup Round of 32 by beating Upington City 2-0.

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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.