Cavin Johnson focussed on introducing new talent to PSL


Dikwena on Thursday confirmed the exits of 12 players, including experienced players such as Tlou Segolela, Bouna Coundoul, Bonginkosi Ntuli – who returned to parent club Mamelodi Sundowns – and Thabiso Semenya.

The departees, however, have since been replaced by 13 new acquisitions which mostly consist of young, fresh talent from the club's youth academy and last season's Multichoice Diski Challenge Team.

Johnson, though, insists he has retained the core of last season's senior team and hopes they can rub off on the many youngsters, who – according to the coach himself – have brought the average age of his squad from 29 to 22.

"if you look at the make-up of my team, the core is still very strong," said Johnson at the club's media day on Thursday afternoon. "The core is still the same as last year that made us end up third.

"Bringing in Henrico Botes, Benson Shilongo, the youngster from Durban [Thobani Kunene] and Steven Hoffman - those are really the only players that we've signed.

"For me the core of my team is still there, and hopefully they will be able to keep it strong and make sure we are able to bring up the younger players, who for me are better."

The Westbury-born tactician explains that he prefers promoting players from the academy to recycling existing PSL players, and reiterates that he wants to change the PSL.

"I keep on seeing the same faces ever year in the PSL and I never see anybody new. It's a move from one side to the other side, to the other side... I want to see someone new," he adds.

"Maybe this is what's pushing me, is that [only some people] have seen the likes of Sipho Senne. For me it's about changing the PSL.

"I'd like to see some new blood so that, as a coach, I need to scratch my head to find out how to play against a particular player. If you're moving from club to club I know exactly how you play; I know I need to close your left leg, etc."