Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Junior Khanye is confident that Cavin Johnson can get results at the club, however he needs to have conversations with his employers about getting the right players and coaching staff.
Johnson lost his first match as Amakhosi interim head coach 2-1 to Golden Arrows in the DStv Premiership this past weekend. The 64-year-old left his role as Head of Academy at the club after Molefi Ntseki’s departure last week to occupy the hot seat of the first team as interim coach.
Khanye says Johnson is a good coach, who can turn things around at Naturena, however he needs to be given the liberty to bring in the right players and backroom staff to help him.
“Cavin knows football but you can’t do anything with some of these players at Chiefs,” Khanye said on iDiski TV.
“I need to be honest he must talk to Bra K about not having a pre-season with the players which weren’t signed by him and that’s not an excuse it’s the truth. True that he took the job knowing all these but he knows football.
“People want results now but with these type of players it’s a problem. I mean, for example, if you take out someone like [Christian] Saile, who do you replace him with? I wonder who brought him here because there are skilful kids in Soweto, Braamfsicher. Kids around 15 years old, you do a proper assessment and develop them properly.
“Mdu [Shabalala] did very well in the match but he needs support and credit to Cavin for believing in him and playing him. I know he likes skilful players, he also gave Zongo a chance at Platinum Stars, so you need more of that.
“I’m maintaining Cavin needs to face his boss because I believe he is going to win some matches and the team will get better. I know they might not give him a cheque book but in January he must talk to them about releasing certain players.
“No hard feelings but there are players that don’t deserve to play in that team and they could be good fits at other teams. He should also bring in Sudesh [Singh] as the Technical Director, [Dan] Dance as his assistant and Farouk [Khan] as Head of Development. That way I think the team will be okay an there will be continuity.”
You can listen to Khanye’s full comments on iDiski TV official YouTube channel.