Kaizer Chiefs’ Cavin Johnson after latest loss - we’re in a little bit of a hole

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson during an interview

FILE. Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson was left in the difficult position of trying to explain yet another poor result for The Soweto Giants on Saturday. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency (ANA)

Published Apr 7, 2024


Following their 2-0 loss to Chippa United in their DStv Premiership clash on Saturday, Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson seemed at a bit of a loss as he tried to explain the crisis which has befallen the club.

It was Chiefs’ third defeat in four matches as they now face the real danger of falling out of the top eight.

In fact, with seven games remaining Chiefs have just 30 points from 23 matches, that includes eight wins and six draws for their eighth spot on the log.

It was also the second loss in a row for interim coach Chiefs, after they went down 1-0 to the high-flying Stellenbosch FC earlier in the week.

Going backwards

“As you said, one step forward, two steps backwards,” he told SuperSport TV.

“I thought the first 20 minutes of the game belonged to us, we entered their area where we were supposed to score goals, probably 5-6 times.

"We break, we’re supposed to score but we don’t put it in the back of the net and then we suffer afterwards.

“Then we give away two goals, the first goal was very soft from an out-ball throw, the second goal we don’t put pressure on the ball and they also get into the box and they score two goals.’’

Chiefs are now nine points behind second-placed Stellenbosch, while Orlando Pirates are pushing for second spot with 37 points.

In their 23 games in the league, Chiefs have scored just 19 goals while conceding 18. The nerves up front were clearly a concern for Johnson.

“We’re just not calm enough in the box, the rest I’m happy with, they put the effort. And the changes, I don’t think the changes changed the game so much. They were just not calm enough to put the ball in the back of the net.

“We’re going take two steps back now and come back and really, really work on what we’re trying to achieve, because right now we’re in a little bit of a hole, and the people that can get us out there are the players. So, we take inspection in the players and take ourselves out.”