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Gulf In Class Between Chiefs & Downs? Johnson Responds

Kaizer Chiefs caretaker coach Cavin Johnson refused to be drawn into a discussion whether there currently is a gulf in class between Amakhosi and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Masandawana wrapped up their seventh successive league title with six games to spare, while Chiefs’ trophy drought has been lasting for nine years.

After a 5-1 score-line and a massive 29 points between Chiefs and Sundowns, with the latter even having two games in hand, Johnson was facing questions of whether there is a gulf in quality between the two clubs or whether he thinks it’s just a bad season

“I wouldn’t be able to put my finger on that. Because I think there’s a building process in everything that you do,” Johnson replied to iDiski Times.

“And I’ve been at Chiefs now for what, seven months, so if you asked me to review the history of things, then it’s very difficult to put your finger on it.

“But I think we need to as Kaizer Chiefs, and as all the other teams, we need to work a lot harder in order to overtake the beast that just won the Championship.

“But in saying that, you also have to be humble, and congratulate them for the work that they do.”

When it was later put to him whether Chiefs’ quality matches that of their two traditional big rivals, Sundowns and Orlando Pirates, Johnson insisted that on paper Chiefs are as strong as their counterparts.

“Material-wise (player quality), I think we match them, like you can see. Yes, every team in the world gets a hiding sometimes, it just happens that today is the reality that we get beaten 5-1,” he continued.

“And every team, like I say, reality wise it will happen to you. When it happens to another coach I also feel sorry for when he sits here where I’m sitting.

“But pound for pound, we all think our plays are capable of matching another player, especially at this level of professional football, especially at a club like Kaizer Chiefs.

“Pound for pound we should match Orlando Pirates, pound for pound we should match Mamelodi Sundowns. But we did not today. And yeah, we have to accept that and move on.”

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Chiefs currently sit in eighth place with 33 points from 26 games and have four more matches to secure their top-eight finish.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.