Johnson: I'm not a football god


The relationship between AmaZulu and coach Cavin Johnson has finally reached a crossroads after their draw against Golden Arrows on Saturday.

Usuthu came behind to earn a point in a tough match that ended by 1-1, a result that still might not be enough to save under-pressure Johnson for another week.

During and after the match it was clear that the coach is feeling the heat, with some of the supporters planning to confront him. There was also a police presence at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, which is unusual for Usuthu.

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After the final whistle, the teams went to the dressing rooms but AmaZulu chairman Patrick Sokhela, general manager Lunga Sokhela, team manager Qedi Dlamini and Johnson stood behind on the field, seemingly to avoid a confrontation from the supporters. 

During the post-match press conference, Johnson was not his usual self, someone who would come with jokes, and he could not respond to some questions.

He was even protected by Arrows coach Steve Komphela at times but finally responded to a question about frustration as the team struggles to get maximum points, which makes things more difficult for him.

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"As a coach you have to be frustrated, every team wants to have three points, every match you always want three points, and I'm no different," Jonhson said.

"We have to get three points somewhere and it has to turn somewhere, whether it turns now or in two games' time. I'm not a football god. If I had a telephone number I would tell you when it's going to change.

"I know we spend a hell of a lot of time on the football field, we also spend a hell of a lot of time on different aspects of the game, on how to control the match and how to win it.

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"When the ball doesn't roll for you, you can do what you want to, we just have to carry on with what we've been trained to do as coaches, and help players to get into different positions, try to improve them.

"For sure my team plays a good brand of football, but when you don't get results you've got to fight as a coach to get everyone in the team to be behind you. When they are behind you, the team will flourish all the time."

AmaZulu's next match is against Kaizer Chiefs at King Zwelithini Stadium, a team that has a good record against them and who will also be looking to bounce back after their first loss of the season to Polokwane City.