Cavin Johnson Chiefs

Cavin Johnson. Photo: ©BackpagePix

Cavin Johnson makes a play for Chiefs job: Only way is forward!

Veteran coach Cavin Johnson believes something special could be built at Chiefs if there was an opportunity to take on the job.

Cavin Johnson Chiefs

Cavin Johnson. Photo: ©BackpagePix

Last week it was dramatically confirmed that Stuart Baxter – who was in his second stint with Kaizer Chiefs – had been officially shown the door by Amakhosi.

The announcement was reportedly made to the technical team by sporting director Kaizer Motaung Jnr on Thursday morning, with assistant coaches Arthur Zwane and Dillion Sheppard taking over for the remainder of the season.

“After a series of meetings, Kaizer Chiefs and coach Stuart Baxter have come to a mutual agreement of an early termination of his contract with immediate effect,” a statement read. “In his second spell with Kaizer Chiefs, Baxter has led the team in 23 matches (excluding 3 league matches in December 2021). He managed to win 9 matches, draw 6 and lost 8 of the games. The team managed to score 25 goals and concede 23 during that time.


However, there was mixed reaction on social media following the news, with certain supporters suggesting it was not fair for Baxter to be made the scapegoat for the team’s struggles.

Chiefs are currently fourth on the PSL standings

It remains to be seen who Chiefs will turn to next, but there have been some calls for consideration to be given to Cavin Johnson, who most recently served as an assistant with Al Ahly under head coach and compatriot Pitso Mosimane.

“Last week I said I won’t talk about it, because the man has still got his job and it’s coaching ethics. But now that it’s out in the public, yeah, the people have been talking, I’m honoured. I’m really, really honoured and I think Kaizer Chiefs, yes we can go there, and we can build a team,” Johnson said, as quoted by iDiski Times.

“I believe you can build a team, but you have to have the people around you that’s prepared to build a team quickly…

“What they need is to get someone to be able to intertwine with what they have now and make sure that they go forward positively,” he added.

“Because Chiefs cannot take a back step. like Rob said, a Stellies or an AmaZulu, they can’t take that step. For them to take that step back, it’s a non negotiable, they can’t take that step back, they can only go forward. 

“They cannot take a step back because they are, and I say this in all respect, they are the biggest club in the SADEC region, and they have to respect that. It’s time they have to respect that, themselves.”