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Johnson On Khune Farewell And Dropping Points Again

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson has reflected on dropping points against Polokwane City in what was meant to be a celebratory day at FNB Stadium.

Chiefs were aiming to secure their top-eight spot in the DStv Premiership in their final home game of the 2023/24 season which was also a farewell for Itumeleng Khune to the Amakhosi faithful.

But it ended up a goalless draw against Rise and Shine, who are in 10th, while AmaZulu are ninth and Chiefs eighth, separated by only goal difference.

“We have to give thanks to Itu for serving this team for such great years, he did a lot for the team so we just honouring him, but as the coach who leads the team now and some of the players; we feel honoured to be in his presence,” Johnson said.

“We wish him all the best and hope he gets honoured with more of these accolades, but in saying that, we didn’t play like we wanted to play today, I thought we started very, very slow, we came out the blocks looking very lethargic.

“But at the same time, the distances between the team was too far, we weren’t able to make combinations, we weren’t able to put together a good five, to ten passes as Chiefs, which we weren’t happy about. I thought the second half, we were better but only towards the end – we made a few changes and looked like we could get to the goal line and score.

“But it didn’t happen, we were able to get there but at the same time, not calm enough, I think a little bit too edgy to score, we got a point at home, not what we were looking for, we pressed for three points, but the 90 minutes are over now, we can say what we want to say, we still only get one point. I thought the players we brought on lifted the energy of the team to maybe sneak one goal in but not to be today.”

Chiefs end their campaign against Cape Town Spurs next week in Cape Town.

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.