We are ready to ‘die for the badge’ – Johnson
We are ready to ‘die for the badge’ – Johnson

Posted in News, Team News on Mar 09, 2024.

Amakhosi head coach, Cavin Johnson speaks to www.kaizerchiefs.com at the conclusion of the team’s final training session ahead of the DStv Premiership Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates at FNB stadium on Saturday afternoon:

How do you prepare for the game that’s on everybody’s lips?

Ja, it’s big. People at taxi ranks, petrol stations, supermarkets, everybody is talking about the Derby. As the coach, I try to take my players completely away from the noise, and keep them at The Village. We try to stay away from social media as much as possible because it’s a distraction from our focus.

Our preparations have gone very well. We have picked a very good match day squad. At the end of today’s final training session, I am satisfied that they are focused and ready to ‘die for the badge’ on the field tomorrow.

Is everyone fully fit and available?

Haha, if I told you that I would be giving away half of my team sheet, so I would rather keep that information to myself until the team is announced. You know how Derbies go, it’s best to keep quiet.

What is your assessment of the opposition?

Our team of analysts have done their job diligently. They have watched Pirates numerous times, and I expect them to be much better than they were during the week (when they drew against Cape Town Spurs). We know more or less what they will bring tomorrow. I expect regulars like Makgopa, Timm, Ndah and Hotto, who were absent against Spurs, to feature against us. We are aware of the quality they have, and I believe we have the quality to counteract whatever they bring and, more importantly, the mentality to go out and do it in front of 100 000 people.

Message to the Amakhosi Faithful

Please come out to support us and enjoy the festivities. Come out in full Amakhosi regalia as a show of solidarity with us. We want to win for all of you who love Kaizer Chiefs. We will rise!

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