Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
1 minute read
9 Mar 2016
3:37 pm

Stars coach confident of Chiefs victory

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson stopped short of saying that preparing his team for a match against Kaizer Chiefs is the easiest task he has had as a coach.

Cavin Johnson. Pic: Lee Warren/Gallo Images.

Johnson will guide his team as they host Amakhosi at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium at 7.30pm tonight in an Absa Premiership game.

“You know, when you play against Chiefs, you are covered by the players’ part. You have to do the tactical work. If you do the tactical part correctly, you can often win the game,” said Johnson ahead of tonight’s clash.

Johnson said the players don’t need much motivating to put up a good performance against the Soweto giants.

In the first-round game, Johnson’s team managed to be only the second team after Orlando Pirates to beat Chiefs in a league game, winning 2-1 in Cape Town in January.

“At the back of our minds, there’s also delight that when we were in Cape Town we also beat them 2-1. The fact that they also lost the Nedbank Cup game, they are going to come out and they are going to run at us and we are preparing ourselves. We expect that and we are expecting to play a good game of football,” he said.

Chiefs go into the game at the back of a bruising 2-0 Nedbank Cup defeat by Orlando Pirates, and the league is their only hope of salvaging their season.

For Amakhosi, nothing but a win will be good enough tonight. If they lose, they may as well kiss their Premiership championship aspirations goodbye and face the reality of finishing the season without any silverware.

Amakhosi are 13 points adrift of league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and a win will cut the lead to a more achievable 10 points.

By his own admission, Chiefs coach Steve Komphela maintains a barren season is a huge failure at a team as big as the Glamour Boys.