Cavin Johnson not giving up on CAF Champions League spot

Cavin Johnson not giving up on CAF Champions League spot

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson maintained a straight face that they will not give up on making the CAF inter-club competitions next season, despite the poor results they have been getting in 2024.

Speaking to SABC Sport Johnson said the next seven games will give them an indication of where they are headed.

Chiefs have only won one league game from seven matches in 2024, with three losses and three draws.

Currently placed eighth on the log and seven points outside a CAF spot, Johnson is not giving up.

"It could be a tall order but you plan until the fat lady sings, you plan until the fat lady sings and you don't know what happens to the other teams that are above you. You've got to compete, the league is 31/32 games and you've got to compete until that game I don't think I'm going to comment on whether we play in Africa yes or no," Johnson said.

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There was also a time under Johnson when Chiefs were specializing in clean sheets but with three losses in their last four matches and struggling to score, is this not a concern to the veteran coach?

"Not much is different, they all played in defense, maybe we can say the conditions but the conditions were the same for Chippa and I cannot put my finger on it but we will get it right. We did have clean sheets, we have conceded goals and we should get it right soon, soon, soon," Johnson added.

Chiefs have only scored three goals in seven matches in the league this year and were also eliminated by a struggling National First Division (NFD) side Milford FC in the Nedbank having failed to score in the last 32 stage.

Johnson says his players need to be a lot calmer inside the box.

"Like we said we got in the box, we had the shots on target, I think we could have had more but we were just not ourselves in the ball and being a little bit calmer, getting into the proper target, I thought there were a few times where we shot from outside the area there were a few times where we were in the area when we had to play a pass, it went wild.

“We're gonna have to analyse all those moments and show the players and rectify that, even though we did put in a good effort, we need to be more clinical and a lot calmer in those situations."