Nedbank Cup: Kaizer Chiefs Boss 'Deeply Disappointed' After Defeat to Milford FC

Nedbank Cup: Kaizer Chiefs Boss 'Deeply Disappointed' After Defeat to Milford FC

Robert Abong'o
updated at February 26, 2024 at 7:04 AM
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  • Cavin Johnson was disappointed following Kaizer Chiefs' loss to Milford FC
  • AmaKhosi lost 5-4 on penalties to the second-tier side after a goalless draw
  • Johnson lamented his team's missed chances to end the game in regular time

Kaizer Chiefs' interim coach, Cavin Johnson, has expressed deep disappointment following his team's elimination from the Nedbank Cup by second-tier Milford FC on Sunday, February 25.

Despite dominating the match, AmaKhosi succumbed 5-4 following a penalty shootout after a goalless draw in extra time.

Johnson lamented his team's inability to capitalise on numerous scoring opportunities throughout the game, leading to a humbling defeat.

Kaizer Chiefs' interim coach, Cavin Johnson. Photo: iDiski Times.
Cavin Johnson was disappointed by Kaizer Chiefs' loss to Milford FC in the Nedbank Cup. Photo: iDiski Times.
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In their debut professional season, Milford held firm against the Soweto giants, with AmaKhosi attackers, Ashley Du Preez and Ranga Chivaviro, both denied by the woodwork at critical moments, as reported by Far Post.

The Premier Soccer League side were awarded a penalty in extra time, which Chivaviro failed to convert, compounding their frustration.

The heroics of Milford goalkeeper, Siphamandla Hleza, who saved a penalty in extra time and scored the winning penalty, further compounded Chiefs' misery.

Johnson disappointed at Chiefs' loss

Reflecting on the match, Johnson rued missed chances and stressed the need to regroup and focus on upcoming league fixtures.

He acknowledged the disappointment felt within the team but stressed the importance of maintaining determination despite setbacks.

"There’s so many moments we didn’t score the goals and didn’t dominate the opponent correctly, and we lost the game on penalties, but like we always say, you try and score and play until the fat lady sings and today, she sang for the opposition," he said, as quoted by iDiski Times.

With their cup hopes dashed, Chiefs now turn their attention to the DStv Premiership, where they face an uphill battle to close a 15-point gap on leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns.

However, Johnson urged his players to rally and give their all in the league campaign. Their next challenge comes against Moroka Swallows on Saturday, March 2, at the FNB Stadium.

Robert Ng’ambi backs Cavin Johnson

Sports Brief also previously reported that former PSL star, Robert Ng'ambi, has backed Cavin Johnson as Chiefs coach.

The 65-year-old was thrown into the deep end with his appointment as interim coach of the AmaKhosi in October 2023.

Ng'ambi outlined three essential qualities that made Johnson his ideal candidate to be handed the club's reigns full-time.

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