Johnson mum on notion that players at Chiefs aren’t good enough

Kaizer Chiefs interim head coach Cavin Johnson is keeping his cards close to his chest on the perception that there are some players at the Glamour club who don’t deserve to be there.

Amakhosi are currently in an unwanted position and are on the brink of finishing the season outside the top eight since the 2018-2019 campaign. This is if they do not win their last DStv Premiership game against relegation-bound Cape Town Spurs on Saturday.

This season has arguably been one of the worst seasons endured by the Soweto giants. They will be completing yet another campaign without silverware.

Supporters disgruntled

It was not only that, Amakhosi’s poor run has forged an unpleasant love and hate relationship with the supporters. The latter have in previous months demonstrated their frustration through violence at the stadiums. This was during the tenures of Arthur Zwane and Molefi Ntseki.

The Amakhosi faithfuls were also intentional with showing their discouragement when they did not show up for their longest-serving and most decorated player Itumeleng Khune at the FNB Stadium at the weekend.

Khune was being honoured by Chiefs for his 25-years of service at the club. However, he was met with a small group of fans at the stadium.

Johnson is also expected to be part of the round table talks. These are for providing data and a synopsis regarding the players to the new technical team. The technical team is set to be assembled next season.

Non-performing players face being offloaded

The league is nearing its end and Johnson is set to return to his head of academy. As such, many players who have not lived up to the standard are expected to be offloaded by the club come end of the season. That’s conversation that the former Al Ahly assistant coach is not ready to open about.

“I think that is not my area right now to give you that number. Because at an institution like Kaizer Chiefs, such things are done on a round table. And I am only part of the tick [people who make decisions at the club],” Johnson said.

“There are also other people who also need to make another tick because it is not a one man show. If I were to say ‘this one and that one is not good enough’ then that is my idea and not of the club.

“I think an institution like Kaizer Chiefs is operated from a place where more than one person make the decisions. Decisions on who brings in players and which players should be let go. I think that is normal in any club all over the world.

“Yes, you do have a person who sits on my seat and is able to converse with the media. But at the back there is a conference that takes place for that to happen.”

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