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Johnson On Du Preez Injury And Mashiane Progress

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson admits Ashley du Preez’ injury could be serious, while addressing the progress of Happy Mashiane under his leadership.

Du Preez was hauled off after half an hour in the 0-0 draw with Polokwane City due to injury and replaced with Mashiane, who failed to make an appearance for the club prior to Johnson’s arrival.

Since then, he’s featured in seven games at left-back and as an inverted winger, which is the role Johnson set out for his system.

“Ash got a knock, and in all respect to him, he couldn’t run anymore, he thought it was an ankle [injury] but it was a knock just above the toe,” Johnson confirmed.

“It could be a lot worse than we think but we need to make sure. the medical team and Ashley told us he can’t go on anymore.”

Ashley Du Preez of Kaizer Chiefs during the DStv Premiership 2023/24 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 02 May 2024 ©Phakamisa Lensman/BackpagePix

“We brought on Happy, who has been in the team for the last 15 games, so he knows what we need in that position and I thought he could have done better, especially knowing how we want to work in that number 11 space,” he continued.

“He made one or two crosses [but] we weren’t able to get on the end of. If he had done more, maybe we’d have better chances because then Saile or Ranga would have gotten to [what he can create], but it never happened.

“But he’s not played for a while, he came onto the pitch and did one or two things we want him to do – he lost the ball a couple of times but we didn’t concede a goal, so we need to work on that finer details over why he loses the ball, otherwise, he’s okay.”

Chiefs take on relegated Cape Town Spurs on the final day of the season on Saturday with the intention to secure the final MTN8 spot for the 2024/25 season.

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.