The previous weekend was very hectic in South African local football, especially at Kaizer Chiefs FC. There were reports by Sunday World suggesting that there is a division amongst Kaizer Chiefs FC players.
Sunday World also report that it is alleged that black Chiefs players are not happy the way coloureds players led by Brandon Petersen and Keagan Dolly are warmly being treated. As per Sunday World, it is believed that there are some groups(division) amongst Kaizer Chiefs FC players.
However, Kaizer Chiefs FC interim coach Cavin Johnson has responded to allegations about misconduct of skipper Itumeleng Khune and racial tension at Naturena village.
Amakhosi claimed bragging rights in Saturday’s Soweto Derby at in-form Moroka Swallows to move to sixth place on the log, but Johnson was asked to address recent media reports after the match.
On Saturday, a report by Farpost emerged that Khune had been sent home after arriving under the influence of alcohol to training and will face disciplinary actions, while the official line from Chiefs was that he was absent due to injury.
On Sunday, another report by Sunday World spoke about “racial turmoil” ay Naturena, with Johnson playing down those headlines after the match.
“Kaizer Chiefs being the big brand they are, I think there are a lot of people trying to take the brand to a lower level,” he said.
“In reality there is no brand that’s as strong as this brand. Whatever you can find, whatever you can do to discredit them is always in the papers.
“I think it’s not only now, it’s been for a good few years.
“Myself, being born in a country with black and white, I know how to handle these things.
“When it comes to those things it’s like water on a ducks back for me, because if you’re born in the era of black and white and now there is coloured, then you know how to handle those things.
“We deals with those things properly in our village, of that sort of nature and the players, you can see on the pitch that they wan to do it for each other.
“I lead the team and when you look at the back of me, when you look at the people on the side of me then you can see it’s what we’ve been pressing for, is the three points.”
In other news, Kaizer Chiefs FC striker Efmamjjasond González will surprise many when he gets to grips with the DStv Premiership, according to interim coach Cavin Johnson.
“I think the Colombians, and having worked with a Colombian before [Rentería], you remember [him]? They are very stubborn people but they also love football and I’ve been trying to understand what González is all about,” Johnson said.
“That’s how I got the best out of Rentería. I think if we give him a little bit more opportunity – I’ll be able to train with him a little bit more.
“He will get used to what the Chiefs brand is all about – because South Americans don’t worry about how big the brand is – as long as they play in front of people and when they do that, then they shine a bit better.
“And yes, as a striker I think González has something in his feet and he will surprise a lot more when he starts understanding who we are as Africans and then we’ll see a bit better he has very good feet, good body, he’s getting better all the time. “So I’m expecting him to give us something, as the season goes on, to give us more.”