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 Johnson: I’m Not A Psychologist.  

  • April 7, 2024
  • 3 min read
 Johnson: I’m Not A Psychologist.  

Kaizer Chiefs interim coach Cavin Johnson was, under emotional circumstances, impressed by his player’s performance although they suffered their first back-to-back defeats of the season, a 2-0 loss to Chippa United at Buffalo Stadium on Saturday.  

On Wednesday night, Chiefs informed the public that defender Luke Fleurs was murdered during a hijacking incident in Johannesburg while at the filling station.  

Despite having been just three days into grief, Amakhosi traveled to East London to honour Chippa’s DStv Premiership fixture.  

While Amakhosi started well, the home side, in front of over 16000 fans at the venue, grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with goals by Bienvenu Eva Nga and Sinoxolo Kwayiba, consigning Chiefs to their third loss in the last four matches.   

Coach Johnson was rather impressed with the performance displayed by his boys even though it was an emotional week for the Amakhosi.  

“We take a lot of cognizance of the fact that we lost one of our players in the week and the players were ready to play and for that I say today, they have done very well from where they have been the whole week. To come and play a game of football like today, I think it was very good,” said Johnson.    

A day before the passing of the 24-year-old Fleurs, Chiefs suffered a 1-0 defeat to Stellenbosch at FNB Stadium.  

Coach Johnson gave a brief breakdown of the mental state of the staff in the past week at Naturena.  

“Look, the mood in the camp has been up and down for the last few days only because one moment you find out that one of your players…one of my children is gone, and the next moment you must send your condolences to the family,” said Johnson.  

“The next moment you’ve got to talk to the players and discuss with them what their feelings are.”  

The former AmaZulu coach proceeded to mention that the team has been in contact with the Fleurs’ family, and they have been spending time together and “clearing the air”.  

“On Friday before we came here, we had to spend time with the family. We had to talk to the family and the family had to talk to us. So, we just had to clear the air as far as that’s concerned. But in saying that, the players did look like they came through that but I’m not a psychologist.  

“So, from a football perspective, I can only say that Saturday’s performance and the effort Luke would have liked.” 

Following the loss, Chiefs dropped to eighth in the table with 30 points after 23 matches.

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