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Johnson Opens Up On Misfiring Saile And Gonzalez

Kaizer Chiefs interim head coach Cavin Johnson has discussed the current level of forwards Christian Saile and Jassond Gonzalez as they struggle to make an impact.

Saile, 24, has scored three league goals in 15 games this season, while their off-season loanee Gonzalez has yet to find the net in his first nine games.

He’s currently vying for a position in the first eleven with Ranga Chivaviro who has also struggled to reach the heights of his 17-goal haul with Marumo Gallants last season.

“Ya Gonzalez, please God, bless him, so he can score goals, that’s all I ask because Saile has broken the egg, Ranga has broken the egg, Gonzalez hasn’t broken the egg – strikers are the same like keepers, they are crazy people,” Johnson said when asked by iDiski Times if they are good enough for Amakhosi.

“At training, they score goals, they look good, they look well and then when they play against an opponent, which you can emulate to a certain level, they tend not to find the back of the net – that frustrates them.

“I hope he’s able to get his head or feet scoring, whatever they have to do and maybe he will be better but in all respect to him and Saile – they South African game is not easy to adapt to as a foreigner, especially if they speak French or Spanish.

“It’s difficult to adapt, it’s one part I find, [having] coaches in another country but I think we need to be more fluent in other languages like French and Spanish as individuals and I blame myself for that as well.

“As a coach if I’m able to do that, my players will get better, quicker, so it’s a little bit of an excuse but they are both very good people, very good strikers.”

Chiefs moved up to sixth place in the DStv Premiership with 23 points at the halfway mark of the league season – scoring 15 goals and conceding 11.

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.