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Cavin Johnson says young Bidvest Wits star Kobamelo Kodisang needs to learn from Steven Pienaar

Posted: 14 August 2017 Time: 20:13

New AmaZulu coach Cavin Jonhson believes his former charge Kobamelo Kodisang, now with Bidvest Wits, is well positioned to learn from former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar.

Piennar, who joined Bidvest Wits after 16 years of playing abroad, came under the mentorship of Johnson in his days as a junior during their times together at the School of Excellence and at Ajax Cape Town's youth structures.

Johnson is known for his eye for talent and promoted Kodisang, at the time only 15 years old, at the beginning of the 2015/16 season whilst the duo were together at Platinum Stars.

Earlier this year, Johnson said he hoped Kodisang would earn himself an overseas move when South Africa's Under-20 side participated in the FIFA Youth World Cup in South Korea.

However, with Thabo Senong's side failing to perform the youngster was not really afforded the opportunity to shine.

"He [Kodisang] is one of my players. I found him at 10 years old so I wish Kodisang all the best," said Johnson.

"I know and I told him one day that when you're going to play in the World Cup [Under-20] you shouldn't have come back and he needed to get himself a team there [abroad]. But I think Kodisang will spend maybe the next season-and-a-half in South Africa.

"He's a really, really fantastic player. He's like the young Steven Pienaar. He needs to go overseas and make money and become a household name.

"Working with Steven, that for me is probably the one big plus that Kodisang will probably have to say 'thank you very much Steven' - because Steven likes young players, or he likes young people.

"Wherever he was, even at School [of Excellence], his friends were always a little bit younger and when he was overseas, his friends were always a little bit younger.

"I can guarantee you Steven will give him a good hand and he'll lead him to other places, I'm telling you."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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