Kaizer Chiefs have reportedly made a huge call in terms of the head coach position, ahead of the second half of the season
Chiefs parted ways with Molefi Ntseki after a dismal start to the campaign, replacing him with Cavin Johnson.
Too the majority of the Chiefs fan base, Ntseki was already an unpopular appointment, with no positive track record. Prior to taking over the first team reigns, he had never coached a senior professional side. He did, however, coach Bafana Bafana after Stuart Baxter, before being fired for failing to qualify for AFCON 2021. The duo reunited as part of a new structure at Amakhosi, which put him in charge of football development.
Ntseki did not last long as Chiefs coach, however, being sacked before even the halfway mark of the season. This came after an unconvincing start to the campaign which also saw them knocked out of two cups. After being relieved of his duties, the club appointed Johnson to take over on an interim basis. Coincidently, Johnson also came into the club in a developmental role, before being asked to steady the senior ship.
Johnson has seemed to have the desired effect, eventually winning three of his last four games of 2023. Those also featured three clean sheets in a row and a point in the last game against Sekhukhune United. Now, according to The Citizen Chiefs look to reward him by sticking with him until the end of the season.
CHIEFS TO KEEP JOHNSON UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON?
“With the way things have gone towards the end of last year, I don’t see coach Cavin going back to being the head of the academy. He has managed to bring back the smile to the management and most importantly the supporters. Even though the search for the new coach continues, the Chiefs bosses believe coach Cavin is the right man for the job. It’s still early days, but the signs are there. They believe he is the perfect person to bring back the club to where it’s supposed to be. I think what makes them believe in him is that he has been in football for a long time and knows exactly what’s lacking at the club and what is required to make things right.”. Said the source to the publication.
With the steady progress Johnson has made at Chiefs, this seems like it is the right move from the club. Also considering that more players are set to return from injury, the clubs fortunes could improve further.