Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
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18 Jan 2018
11:52 am

Johnson unperturbed by claims of imminent dismissal

Sibongiseni Gumbi

AmaZulu coach, Cavin Johnson, is not worried about rumours that his job at Usuthu is not safe following a string of unsatisfactory results and remains committed to his philosophy.

Cavin Johnson will be an assistant coach to Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly (Steve Haag/BackpagePix)

Some sections of Usuthu supporters have raised their concern with the status of the team and have asked for a ‘peaceful’ meeting with the coach where they aim to voice their frustrations.

Among things that fans are unhappy about is Johnson’s insistence on using young and inexperienced players ahead of the tried, tested and trusted like Mabhuti Khenyeza and Siyabonga Nomvethe.

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Speaking to Phakaaathi this week, Johnson said: “We are all under pressure don’t we? No coach can confidently say they are comfortable. It is the nature of this job.”

Asked if he would be looking to reinforce his backline with at least two formidable and experienced central defenders, Johnson said he would rather give the ones he has a chance to grow and learn.

“I am happy with the players I have. If we don’t play them because they don’t have experience, how are they to get it? I know we have not been doing well but I am happy with the progress so far,” he said.

Phakaaathi however understands that Usuthu are looking to fortify their defence and have approached Orlando Pirates with a view of getting unsettled Ayanda Gcaba and Marc Van Heerden to join them.

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