'It's Very Painful': Kaizer Chiefs Interim Boss Laments Team's Current Struggle With Scoring Goals

'It's Very Painful': Kaizer Chiefs Interim Boss Laments Team's Current Struggle With Scoring Goals

Robert Abong'o
updated at April 23, 2024 at 6:35 AM
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  • Cavin Johnson has expressed dismay over the team's struggles and lack of goals
  • The Kaizer Chiefs' interim boss stressed the need for quick tactical adjustments
  • There have been urgent calls for a permanent manager at Amakhosi this season

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Kaizer Chiefs interim coach, Cavin Johnson, has candidly expressed his deep disappointment with his team's ongoing struggles as they face yet another season without a trophy.

Following their recent 1-0 defeat against Richards Bay, their 10th loss in the DSTV Premiership this season, the South African tactician stressed the pain caused by their lack of goals.

The defeat at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday, April 21, left Amakhosi with only 30 points, an astonishing 23 behind the DStv Premiership leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Kaizer Chiefs interim boss, Cavin Johnson, has voiced frustration over the team's performances. Photo: Phil Magakoe.
Kaizer Chiefs caretaker coach, Cavin Johnson, has addressed his team's lack of goals as they face another season without a trophy. Photo: Phil Magakoe.
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The team's aspirations for continental football now appear bleak, with their focus shifting towards securing a top-eight finish by the end of the season.

Johnson, who assumed the interim role after Molefi Ntseki's departure, acknowledged the challenges faced by the team, especially a concerning dip in form after the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 break.

"I’m the coach - it’s very painful, but it’s always difficult when this happens. Your training is based around finishing and when you base it around finishing, you expect them to finish! And you expect to win with goals," he said, as quoted by iDiski Times.

Chiefs' quest for a permanent manager

The underwhelming performances under his tenure have sparked calls from fans for a new permanent manager.

In response, Chiefs have reportedly decided to reassign him to his former role as the Head of Youth Academy and are in the process of selecting a new head coach for the upcoming season.

While Johnson had aspirations for the permanent coaching position, the team's recent form and drop in the league standings have diminished his prospects.

As reported by MSN, Pitso Mosimane, Jose Peseiro, Benni McCarthy, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, and Manqoba Mngqithi have been linked to the managerial role at the club.

Chiefs will aim to bounce back from their recent setbacks as they face SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on Saturday, April 28.

Chiefs secure Mfundo Vilakazi’s future with contract extension

Sports Brief reported that Mfundo Vilakazi has signed a Chiefs contract as the club looks to secure the star's long-term future.

At just 18 years old, Vilakazi caught the eye of the Amakhosi coaching staff after impressing in the DStv Diski Challenge.

He then earned a promotion to the first team and a place in the hearts of the club's supporters, resulting in a bumper new deal.

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