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Cavin shown the door - Igesund said to be next in line

By Mazola Molefe | Aug 29, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 18 ]

IT never quite looked like a match made in heaven, so it comes as little surprise that coach Cavin Johnson has been sent packing by SuperSport United four games into the Absa Premiership season.

He is set to be replaced by outgoing Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund.

According to sources at the Tshwane club, Johnson's assistants Kwanele Kopo and Kaitano Tembo will take over as interim coaches starting with tomorrow's Absa Premiership clash away to Kaizer Chiefs.

Igesund's contract with the SA Football Association expires only on Sunday.

Johnson becomes the first coach to be sacked this season after a decision taken immediately after SuperSport lost to Mpumalanga Black Aces at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday - a third defeat in four Premier League matches.

A statement confirming that Johnson will leave the club after a turbulent 13 months is expected today.

Igesund is expected to rope in Serame Letsoaka, his right-hand man at Bafana, as an assistant.

When contacted last night, Igesund denied he'd agreed to replace Johnson and would team up with Letsoaka and Alejandro Heredia.

"I haven't spoken to anyone and I don't intend on doing that because my contract with Safa only expires on Sunday. I have been reading in the newspapers and on social media about this job and I just laugh it off."

In his last words as head coach of Matsatsantsa, Johnson bemoaned missed chances and said his players were scared to lose and lacked tenacity.

"It was a poor loss against Aces. With all due respect, they were bottom of the log [before beating SuperSport] and we have quality players. We were just never able to punish them, maybe because the players also felt the pressure because we've only won one game. The problem is the mentality and tenacity when you are in the last third to be able to read the game," said Johnson.

As it turned out, his time was up at SuperSport, who handed him a three-year contract last June and tasked him with aiming for the league title and more.

But Johnson could not emulate the success of Gavin Hunt, a three-time championship winner in his six years with Matsatsantsa, and was given an ultimatum of four games after an MTN8 quarterfinal exit earlier this month.


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He was asking for it, how can you let Gyimah go???? Doutie????

Aug 29, 2014 8:0 | 1 replies


That's true Pontshman.

Aug 29, 2014 8:24 | 0 replies


ja Johnson am sure you miss Dikwena now, it serves you right

Aug 29, 2014 8:8 | 0 replies


Wrong decision made by him in the name of going for greener pastures ,Stars Bosses are having a last laugh after they took him to court trying to prevent him joining Supersport

Aug 29, 2014 8:18 | 0 replies


Jabu Mahlangu will finally get a chance

Aug 29, 2014 8:19 | 0 replies


Pitso is next........never pursue money over passion. this is what is called suicidal move.

Aug 29, 2014 8:23 | 0 replies


and P. Stars did not want him to leave but he was big headed after just one successful season with Dikwena and he thought he has arrived

Aug 29, 2014 9:5 | 1 replies


Well said but uyarhalisa

Aug 29, 2014 9:9 | 0 replies


the man was begged to remain with Stars he refused here you are , he led to his downfall , dug his own grave sleep on it

Aug 29, 2014 9:23 | 1 replies


He dug his own grave in the name of going for greener pastures

Aug 29, 2014 9:28 | 1 replies


alwyas green pstures have sh!t

Aug 29, 2014 9:51 | 0 replies


Sorry Coach, but with Chippa around there is hope that you will be employed sooner than you expect.

Aug 29, 2014 10:33 | 0 replies


Sorry Cavin, mara le wena you talk too much man, Just like Zecca Maques...

Aug 29, 2014 10:39 | 0 replies


Allen Freeze will make way.

Aug 29, 2014 12:0 | 0 replies


askies Johnson, mara ulayekile kancane ngoba bowungadlalisi uJabu Mahlangu. de arrogant crybaby Mosimane will follow u soon!!

Aug 29, 2014 12:4 | 1 replies


Yebo bekanomona ngoba u Jabu udumile ukundlula yena

Aug 29, 2014 1:27 | 0 replies