Kaizer Chiefs vs Mamelodi Sundowns: Rulani Mokwena Pays Homage to Cavin Johnson

Kaizer Chiefs vs Mamelodi Sundowns: Rulani Mokwena Pays Homage to Cavin Johnson

Robert Abong'o
May 2, 2024 at 10:58 AM
  • Rulani Mokwena says Cavin Johnson is the inspiration behind his decision to be a coach
  • Mamelodi Sundowns need three points to secure their seventh DStv Premiership trophy
  • Kaizer Chiefs are focused on solidifying their spot in the Premier Soccer League top eight

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In a highly anticipated DStv Premiership match, Kaizer Chiefs will host Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium on Thursday, May 2.

Masandawana need three points to secure their seventh consecutive Premier Soccer League title.

However, the encounter also marks a special reunion between Sundowns coach, Rulani Mokwena, and his mentor, Chiefs coach Cavin Johnson.

Mamelodi Sundowns boss coach, Rhulani Mokwena, says he learned from Kazier Chiefs coach, Cavin Johnson. Photo:
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach, Rulani Mokwena, has nothing but respect for Cavin Johnson. Photo:
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Mokwena has often credited Johnson with inspiring his decision to become a coach, and the two share a deep respect for each other.

As the two teams prepare to face off, he reflected on the 65-year-old's significant impact on South African football.

“He’s got a good heart, he is a good guy who I have incredible respect for and he has done incredible things for South African football. As a coach, I have always admired him because he has produced so many football players like Stephen Pienaar at the School of Excellence," he said, as reported by Times Live.

Johnson, meanwhile, is focused on securing three crucial points to solidify Amakhosi's spot in the top eight. With Polokwane City, Chippa United, Golden Arrows, AmaZulu, and Royal AM breathing down their necks, he knows that his team cannot afford to underestimate the Brazilians.

Despite Sundowns' comfortable lead at the top of the table, Mokwena is adamant that his team must approach the match with caution and respect for their rivals.

“We all know Chiefs is Chiefs; at any day, they can turn up. They are a big club, and they deserve incredible respect; I already told you about my respect towards the Chairman,” he said, as quoted by iDiski Times.

Mokwena proud of Sundowns performance

Sports Brief reported that Mokwena was proud of his charges after they were dumped out of the CAF Champions League.

The Tunisian side beat Sundowns 1-0 in the second leg at Loftus Versfeld and won the game 2-0 on aggregate.

A second-half goal by Raed Bouchniba gave them the lead, meaning that the South African side needed to score three goals to progress to the final.

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Robert Abong'o
Editor - Africa Team