The Premier Soccer League (PSL) transfer window might be open, but the newly appointed Black Leopards head coach Cavin Johnson has implied that he won’t be going into the market to buy new players as he has confidence in his current squad.
Johnson mentioned that he is eager to grant all the players at Lidoda Duvha an opportunity to impress.
“These players all signed PSL contracts. They must show why they are here. I want to give all of them an opportunity. I can’t judge them after a few training sessions.”
The 61-year-old mentor was relieved of his duties by AmaZulu last year after a run of poor results before joining the Vhembe-based outfit.
“I am here to improve the players that are already here and take them to the next level,” said Johnson.
Leopards are sitting uncomfortably on 16 points occupying position 12 on the PSL table flirting with relegation.
Johnson will have his work cut out for him as only 2 points separates his side and bottom of the log Baroka with 15 more games to play.
However, Johnson believes he has enough quality players to succeed and avoid the drop.
“I believe that there is no need to go into the transfer window now because it’s not like I inherited a GladAfrica Championship team that’s going into the Absa Premiership,” added the former Platinum Stars and SuperSport United coach.
Johnson was appointed Leopards coach towards the end of December 2019, two days after the resignation of Luc Eymael to become the third coach to take charge of Leopards this season.
Johnson is yet to taste victory in the 2019/20 season after he suffered a 2-1 defeat to Highlands Park in his first game as Lidoda Duvha coach and failed to register a win in the 5 games he was at AmaZulu.
Leopards have only won 4 games out of the 15 they have played so far, and Johnson is tasked with the difficult job of changing their fortunes.
Leopards take on fellow strugglers in Chippa United at Thohoyandou Stadium this evening (19:30).
By FARPost Reporter