Cavin Johnson: Kaizer Chiefs Interim Coach Maps Out Strategy to Tackle Midfield Setback

Cavin Johnson: Kaizer Chiefs Interim Coach Maps Out Strategy to Tackle Midfield Setback

Robert Abong'o
March 30, 2024 at 11:15 AM
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  • Cavin Johnson has a plan to cope with the absence of suspended midfielders
  • Edson Castillo and Yusuf Maart both got their fourth yellow card in the league
  • Johnson expressed confidence in the squad's depth and ability to fill the void

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach, Cavin Johnson, faces a big hurdle with the suspension of crucial midfielders ahead of the PSL clash against Cape Town City.

Edson Castillo and Yusuf Maart received their fourth yellow card during the Soweto Derby before the international break, rendering them ineligible for this evening's clash at the Athlone Stadium.

However, Johnson remains undeterred, expressing confidence in the squad's depth to compensate for the duo's absence.

Photo: Kaizer Chiefs cartaker coach, Cavin Johnson. Phill Magakoe.
Photo: Kaizer Chiefs interim coach, Cavin Johnson, has a plan for his depleted midfield. Phill Magakoe.
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He reassured fans that the team has capable replacements ready to step in and perform effectively in the crucial midfield positions.

“We have Ox [Sibongiseni Mthethwa], [Siyethemba] Sithebe, Samkelo [Zwane] who are all available and can come in and do the job in the middle of the park. We don’t read too much into their recent performances because every team that plays against Kaizer Chiefs always put in extra effort, so we are expecting them to raise their game and are therefore not taking anything lightly,” he said as quoted by iDiski Times.

Despite recent struggles, with just one win in their last six games, Amakhosi face a side experiencing similar challenges, having secured only one victory in their previous 8 matches.

Meanwhile, amidst speculation surrounding Castillo's future at the club, with reports suggesting a potential summer transfer, Johnson remains focused on the task.

Castillo, who joined the Glamour Boys from Monagas SC, has made a significant impact since his arrival, impressing with his performances in midfield.

The Venezuelan international has seamlessly adapted to the demands of South African football, showcasing his versatility by contributing defensively and offensively.

Despite reported interest from Egyptian club Zamalek earlier in the year, Chiefs are determined to retain his services, reportedly setting a high asking price of R40 million. However, it is claimed the club have slashed the player's price, as reported by Soccer Laduma.

Kaizer Chiefs youngster Mfundo Vilakazi aims for glory

Sports Brief reported that Young Chiefs talent, Mfundo Vilakazi, outlined his aspirations to propel his club and country to new heights.

At 18 years old, Vilakazi’s confidence has shone through, having recently participated in his inaugural youth international camp.

His belief in his abilities is notable, especially following a series of noteworthy developments in recent months.

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