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15 Sep 2021
10:38 am

Reported Pirates target Johnson coming home for personal reasons

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Cavin Johnson is linked with Orlando Pirates and Royal AM.

Cavin Johnson is linked with Orlando Pirates and Royal AM. (Picture: BackpagePix)

A source has revealed that a family issue has forced Cavin Johnson to return from his job as an assistant coach at Al-Ahly and not because he has a solid offer in the Premier Soccer League.

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It was previously reported that Johnson had three offers in the PSL and that is the reason he decided to quit Al-Ahly, where he was Pitso Mosimane’s second-in-command.

“He doesn’t have an offer yet. But he couldn’t be so far away from home for long periods anymore because he has some family commitments that need him to be on call and able to attend to whenever needed. While in Egypt, it would take him at least a week-and-a-half to get here as he would have to observe Covid-19 protocols and regulations in terms of quarantine and such,” said the source.

Johnson had already been rumoured to be on his way to Orlando Pirates while Royal AM’s name had also been mentioned.

“He has instructed his managers to look at what offers are there for him. He can take a job anywhere in the country because then he can travel home much easier,” added the source.

Johnson joined as Ahly assistant coach when Pitso Mosimane was appointed head coach at the Cairo giants at the end of September 2020.

The former SuperSport United, Platinum Stars and AmaZulu head coach was part of the technical team that masterminded back-to-back Caf Champions League victories, but his time in Cairo is now over, a source told Phakaaathi on Thursday.

The source added that Pirates had not been in touch with Johnson, even though there has been speculation linking him to the Buccaneers, following the departure of Josef Zinnbauer.

Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi are currently joint head coaches at Pirates in a caretaker capacity, but it is unclear if they will be given the job on a permanent basis.