Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson says he has a clear vision for the club and despite the lure of being a full-time head coach, he stated it’s not his primary objective.
After securing his first win since the sacking of Molefi Ntseki, with a 3-2 victory over Cape Town Spurs ahead of the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates this weekend, Johnson was proper whether he would be keen on taking the head coach role permanently.
“It’s something that appeals to me,” Johnson said when asked if he’d want the job on a full-time basis.
“But there is something bigger that appeals to me at Kaizer Chiefs. I’ve been to some of the biggest teams in the world and I’ve worked with one of the biggest teams in the world.
“And when I say this team has got potential, you’ve got to bring things from the bigger team into this team, but not as a head coach. The head coach will always be changed in any club, but I feel that this team is not where it’s supposed to be.
“With the little knowledge I have, I think this team can be as big as it should be. There is a cloth that needs to be shown to the rest of the world, and I think this team has that.
“Whether that’s as head coach or interim coach, I’ve come to this team because there is something that nobody else has and I say this with all respect to the other clubs in the PSL.”
Johnson, whose last coaching role came at Al Ahly as the assistant to Pitso Mosimane was then pressed on what that unique aspect of Amakhosi is and he was straightforward as he paid homage to the founder and Chairman, who is set be inducted in the South African Hall of Fame on Thursday evening.
“Kaizer Motaung, Chincha Guluva, the only man in the world who has built a club, still owns the club, the only man in South Africa who has an institution like the Village, and I think that needs to be exposed to the rest of the world,” he explained.
“[Yes] through results, but just the cloth that goes through that Village, the people that work for him, how the people work for him, why they work for this team – and what the aim of this team is going forward for many generations to come.
“When I look and compare, for example, Al Ahly, when I look at their young players – they know the generations that won trophies – when I look at the young generation of Chiefs, they don’t know the generation of [Patrick] Ace Ntsoelengoe.
“And that is the cloth that has to go through this club, when you talk of Vina, Patco, Sprinter, you know the cloth, that is the cloth this man has developed and the cloth that needs to go through the rest, it’s important we feel that.”
Johnson will now prepare his troops for the Orlando Pirates showdown on Saturday afternoon at FNB Stadium (15h30)