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OFFICIAL: Cavin Johnson joins Al Ahly as assistant coach

OFFICIAL: Cavin Johnson joins Al Ahly as assistant coach

South African coach will join Cairo giants Al Ahly as ’s new assistant.

Pitso took charge of Al Ahly just last week following the departure of René Weiler and the Reds got off to a winning start with him after beating Arab Contractors, thanks to Amr El-Sulaya’s penalty.

The 56-year-old head coach was expected to arrive with an assistant coach in Rhulani Mokwena, however, he opted to stay at Mamelodi Sundowns to take over as a joint head coach alongside Manqoba Mngqithi.

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This lead Pitso to call for compatriot Cavin Johnson who will now take the vacant role, the new Al Ahly head coach confirmed on Monday.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that coach Cavin Johnson has agreed to join me as an assistant coach at Al Ahly,” Pitso Mosimane said. 

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“This completes the technical team I bring with me to the Red Devils after fitness trainer Kabelo Rangoaga and performance analyst Musi Matlaba,” confirmed the 56-year-old. 

“Coach Cavin is an accomplished and experienced mentor who has played an integral part in the development of football in South Africa and beyond,” he added.

61-year-old Johnson has an abundance of experience having served as first-team head coach for a number of clubs in his home country, namely Platinum Stars, SuperSport United, AmaZulu FC, and most recently Black Leopards FC.

READ: Al Ahly are strong enough to win CAF Champions League, says Pitso Mosimane

“It’s an honour to be joining one of the most successful coaches in South Africa to coach the most successful club in Africa,” Johnson said.

“I want to thank coach Pitso for giving this opportunity to work with this club of the century,” added Johnson. 

Johnson is no stranger to Al Ahly as he was a coach of the Platinum Stars team that shocked the Reds back in 2008, recording a historic 2-1 victory, becoming the first South African team to win against the Cairo giants.

However, Al Ahly went on to overturn the tie the following week in Cairo with a 2-0 victory and eventually went on to win the title, a feat Johnson would love to repeat this season.

Johnson now will become the third and final staff member to join Pitso’s backroom alongside fitness trainer Kabelo Rangoaga and performance analyst Musi Matlaba.

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