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'Coaches are hired to be fired'

Posted: 23 September 2017 Time: 15:15

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson has nothing to prove to former employers Platinum Stars, saying "coaches are hired to be fired".

Johnson left Stars in the off-season after the club decided against renewing his contract following a ninth-placed finish in the league, having come third the season before.

Johnson has since taken charge of Usuthu, who are in mid-table with seven points from five games this campaign following a 3-0 thumping of ailing champions Bidvest Wits in midweek.

Dikwena - who sacked Johnson's replacement Peter Butler after just two games - find themselves at the foot of the standings with a point under new coach Roger de Sa.

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AmaZulu will host Stars at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday night, with Johnson insisting the match-up is not personal.

"It's got nothing to do with that hey. It's got to do with AmaZulu versus Platinum Stars," said Johnson.

"They're coming to King Zwelithini Stadium and you know what we want to do at King Zwelithini Stadium. We'll put the best team forward on Saturday and fight again like we did against Wits on Wednesday.

"So it'll never be a grudge match. We are hired to be fired."

Meanwhile, the ex-SuperSport United mentor confirmed he will be without Zimbabwean winger Ovidy Karuru and right-back Thembela Sikhakhane for the contest. Karuru faces three months on the sidelines, while Sikhakhane is out for around three weeks through injury.

Johnson was also forced to put goalkeeper Boalefa Pule on the bench against the Students despite his carrying a knock as Energy Murambadoro's fingers are taking strain.

"We had Ovidy Karuru and Sikhakhane; they got very bad knocks and also Boalefa Pule had a knock," Johnson said.

"Ovidy is going to be out for little longer, maybe three months and Sikhakhane... we don't know, maybe he'll be out for three weeks. Pule, yeah he was out, but we had to force him to be on the bench because Energy Murambadoro is not at his best yet because he had a problem with his fingers.

"It is why we crossed our fingers and hoped that Siyabonga Mbatha came to the party, and he came to the party against Wits and we are happy."

AmaZulu midfielder Michael Morton is also serving a two-match ban. He was sent off for retaliation after being spat at in the face by Wits striker Hellings Mhango.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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