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Kaizer Chiefs coach Cavin Johnson. Image: Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs are ‘sad boys’ according to Cavin Johnson

It’s not looking good brev.

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Cavin Johnson. Image: Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs interim boss Cavin Johnson has provided his verdict on their Nedbank Cup exit to second-tier Milford FC.

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Chiefs were dumped out of the Nedbank Cup by a club in their first season as a professional outfit. There was no way past Man of the Match, Milford goalkeeper Siphamandla Hleza. He pulled off several saves, a penalty stop in extra time and then slotted the winning spot-kick.

“Not a good day at the office for Chiefs, we had like 80% possession of the ball as the other team sat back the whole game and from the first whistle for the game, we had four clear chances besides the other 15 that could have gone in,” Johnson said after the game at FNB Stadium.

“But there were four clear ones and we missed a penalty, when you think about the game and having two clear chances in the first 15 minutes, we don’t put it away and towards the end of the first half we don’t score a penalty with two minutes to go…

“There’s so many moments we didn’t score the goals and didn’t dominate the opponent correctly and we lost the game on penalties, but like we always say, you try and score and play until the fat lady sings and today she sang for the opposition.

“Unlucky for Kaizer Chiefs, not a good pill to swallow now, we wanted to maintain our record in this cup and it wasn’t to be, we have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves and play for the league, as hard as we can. If I invited you to my changing room, you will see a lot of sad boys.”

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Kaizer Chiefs fans encapsulating the passion of a Soweto Derby. Image: BackpagePix

Toothless Amakhosi

Since returning from the Afcon break, however, Amakhosi have drawn blanks against Royal AM in the league and, embarrassingly, against Milford in their penalty shootout defeat in the Nedbank Cup. The Motsepe Foundation Championship side was also reduced to 10 men as early as the 11th minute. Another trophyless season beckons and qualification for the CAF Champions League through league position also seems fanciful. All the goodwill in the bank for Johnson seems to be eroding by the day. Up next for Amakhosi is a Soweto Derby against Swallows. If they can complete the league double over the Dube Birds, the noise will go away, for a week at least.

Chiefs look set for another trophyless season, out of the domestic cup competitions and a massive 15 points adrift of runaway DStv Prem leaders Sundowns.

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A Soweto Derby is next. Photo: Samuel Shivambu – BackpagePix

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