Kaizer Chiefs give Ntseki the boot
Youth development academy head Cavin Johnson to step in as interim coach
Kaizer Chiefs have sacked head coach Molefi Ntseki, four months after his surprise appointment. Experienced coach Cavin Johnson replaces him for now.
Chiefs confirmed the demotion of former coach Arthur Zwane, one of Ntseki’s assistants.
The club said it held a meeting with the former Bafana Bafana mentor after Amakhosi’s early exit from the Carling Knockout Cup after a 1-0 defeat to AmaZulu FC on Saturday.
That defeat added to a string of poor Chiefs results under Nseki’s leadership.
“Following a meeting on Monday morning, Molefi Ntseki’s tenure as head coach of Kaizer Chiefs has ended amicably by mutual consent,” said the club.
“Given the recent run of disappointing results, the parties agreed this was the best course of action under the prevailing circumstances.
“Cavin Johnson, who recently joined Chiefs as head of the youth development academy, will take over as the first team coach on an interim basis. Assistant coach Dillon Sheppard will retain his position under Johnson.”
Chiefs also said Zwane will be relegated to his former role in the development structures.
Zwane was the head coach of Amakhosi last season. After struggling to get the desired result in the campaign he was demoted to Ntseki’s number two.
Ntseki joined Chiefs in June 2021 as head of technical and youth development. He led the team in nine league games, won three, drew two and lost the other four.
Ntseki led Amakhosi to the MTN8 semifinal before they were knocked out by runners up Mamelodi Sundowns.
Johnson has coached Premier Soccer League clubs, and is a former assistant under Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly. He holds a Uefa professional coaching licence and coaching qualifications obtained via CAF, the Dutch Football Association and the Brazilian CBF.
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