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Chiefs’ Scoring Woes Haunt Johnson

  • April 22, 2024
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Chiefs’ Scoring Woes Haunt Johnson

Kaizer Chiefs coach Cavin Johnson is understandably frustrated by his team’s inability to score, highlighting a stark contrast between their training focus and recent performances.

Chiefs slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Richards Bay, extending their scoreless streak to four consecutive matches. Their last goal came in the 3-2 loss to Orlando Pirates in the Soweto Derby. Since then, they’ve drawn goalless with Cape Town City, lost 1-0 to Stellenbosch FC, and suffered a 2-0 defeat to Chippa United.

“It’s very painful,” Johnson admitted when asked by Sportswire about the scoring drought.

“It is always difficult when that happens because your training is always based on finishing and when you base your training around finishing, you expect them to finish, and you expect to win with goals. 

“I’m sure you guys know what type of coach I am. .”  

Johnson emphasizes the importance of attacking prowess: “A lot of coaches say the best defense wins leagues; I think differently because you must have the best attacks to win the league.”

Chiefs’ struggles have seen them plummet to 10th in the DStv Premiership. Their sole win in 2024 puts them at risk of missing the MTN8 next season if they can’t find their scoring touch. They’ve netted only 19 goals in 24 matches, conceding the same number.

Acknowledging the limitations of technical coaching, Johnson ponders alternative solutions:

“In some moments, we are not psychologists,” he added. 

“We are technical coaches, football coaches – we are not psychologists. We have to look at them, back again, and understand why this is happening, and what are the combinations. You try to do that in your training. We have created many goal-scoring opportunities, but it is still not happening.  

“Maybe I need to take them for gun shooting for them to get better, but now, we must dig deep in our technical staff meetings to see what we can do to make a finishing a finished product.”

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