In an exclusive interview with Goal Senior Writer Ernest Makhaya, this is what the newly appointed SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson had to say
Goal: Cavin, thanks very much for your time and congratulations on your new job
Johnson: Thanks my man.
Goal: Coach, a different season with different players, tell us about your plans for your new team (SuperSport United)?
Johnson: It is going to be a very different mindset, because I will be having players of different calibre, but my philosophy is simple and that is to play football.
Goal: You transformed Platinum Stars into one of the respected teams in the PSL last season, and the kind of football that a lot of fans enjoyed watching. Is SuperSport United going to adopt the similar style?
Johnson: It’s all about tactical awareness. Every team needs a proper tactical analysis and if my players can learn that from me, then I am sure that the team can play the kind of football that people are going to enjoy.
Goal: Now, let’s talk about the mandate given to you by the chairman (Khulu Sibiya). What did he say to you about it?
Johnson: The chairman (Khulu Sibiya) is a very intelligent man. He came up to me and told me that he wants his team (SuperSport United) to do better than Platinum Stars. Simple as that, and he said nothing more.
Goal: I guess that means winning the league after you guided Dikwena to a second place finish?
Johnson: Any intelligent person could have said that, but remember SuperSport United finished 6th last season and there is also an issue of performance. We need to improve on that first then we can talk about bigger things.
Goal: Do you think that was a fair mandate to achieve?
Johnson: Like I said when I was appointed, there are trophies already in the cabinet and my job is to add to those trophies. It is not going to be easy, but it is achievable and that is exactly what we will be striving for as a team.
Goal: Thuso Phala and Enocent Mkhabela join from Dikwena as well. Does it somehow give you comfort knowing that you have players that you can trust?
Johnson: Not at all. I mean, they will have to up their game if they want to play and that means I am not going to have favourite players in my team. I have always treated players equally.
Goal: Coach, thanks for taking your time to chat to us, and good luck for the new season.