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Johnson – If I Invited You Into Chiefs Dressing Room…

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson cut a dejected figure after being knocked out of the Nedbank Cup by second-tier side Milford FC.

The club who are in their first season in the professional ranks after acquiring the status of Unthongathi stunned Amakhosi at FNB Stadium on Sunday evening.

Chiefs had the bulk of the chances but simply couldn’t beat Siphamandla Hleza, who pulled off a Man of the Match display with several saves, a penalty save in extra-time time, and scoring the winning penalty.

“Not a good day at the office for Chiefs, we had like 80% possession of the ball as the other team sat back the whole game and from the first whistle for the game, we had four clear chances besides the other 15 that could have gone in,” Johnson said after the game at FNB Stadium.

“But there were four clear ones and we missed a penalty, when you think about the game and having two clear chances in the first 15 minutes, we don’t put it away and towards the end of the first half we don’t score a penalty with two minutes to go…

“There’s so many moments we didn’t score the goals and didn’t dominate the opponent correctly and we lost the game on penalties, but like we always say, you try and score and play until the fat lady sings and today she sang for the opposition.

“Unlucky for Kaizer Chiefs, not a good pill to swallow now, we wanted to maintain our record in this cup and it wasn’t to be, we have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves and play for the league, as hard as we can. If I invited you to my changing room, you will see a lot of sad boys.”

Amakhosi will now continue their nine-year wait to end their trophy drought as the DStv Premiership appears out of reach with a 15-point gap and five spots separating them from league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who have two games in hand.

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.