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Johnson – We Are Special Club, We Should Play Special Football

Kaizer Chiefs caretaker coach Cavin Johnson didn’t like the performance of his side, as they were held to a goalless draw by Royal AM at Harry Gwala Stadium on Sunday.  

Johnson was baffled by Chiefs’ display since this was the first game after six weeks, as the domestic program was halted due to the Africa Cup of Nations, where Bafana Bafana finished third for the first time in 24 years.  

Despite not having a single player in Hugo Broos’ side, Chiefs looked very disjointed on Sunday – not like a side who had their players available for the mini pre-season.  

They had chances in the first and second half through returnee forward Ashley Du Preez, but he fluffed them when he was clean through.  

“It’s six-week pre-season and we all had it. Normally, this type of performance you will expect at the beginning of the season, and it’s halfway through the season and it is the same type of performance,” reflected Johnson.  

“But we will take the one point, it is away from home, and we will go for the next game.”

The draw means Chiefs are still searching for their first league win against their bogey side in KwaZulu-Natal, who has won two of the previous home games vs Amakhosi before this one.  

Chiefs only defeated Shauwn Mkize’s club in the Nedbank Cup, which was last season in the quarter-finals. 

Johnson, who was appointed in October last year following the sacking of Molefi Ntseki, says a team of Kaizer Chiefs caliber should be playing “special football”, admitting his side might’ve struggled to adapt to the KZN weather.

“It was not the result we want, coming back from the break,” emphasised Johnson. 

“We had a lot of work in getting the team ready. You can see the Man of the Match is the goalkeeper and we missed four one-on-ones with their goalkeeper during the first half and the second half.  

“But overall, in saying that, I don’t think my team played good football, I thought we could have played better football. So, we must go back [and rectify it].

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“We say that the weather today was probably the best to play football in. But I think my team can only play football at 35 degrees. When it is like this, we seem to struggle.

“We need to be better at the ball. We are not just a normal team; we are a special team, and we want to play special football. We need to be much better.”

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.