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[Opinion] Pirates to Johnson: 'Thanks but no thanks'?

Orlando Pirates' reported coaching target Cavin Johnson may be forced to move on as the events at the Buccaneers are beginning to unfold against his favour.

Johnson was linked with the head coaching post at Pirates after leaving his assistant role at Al Ahly and rumours of his potential hiring at the Buccaneers gained momentum during Pirates' winless run, where they were struggling to score goals.

It seemed like indeed the Buccaneers need a coaching change, especially after they lost to rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto derby before the previous international break.

That lack of a killer-instinct continued after the FIFA break, as they drew with Golden Arrows, however, it seems co-coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids have finally turned the corner. 

The turnaround came when they thrashed Stellenbosch 3-0 in midweek in the DStv Premiership, with Deon Hotto netting a brace and Collins Makgaka also getting on the scoresheet. 

The Buccaneers were struggling to score goals even in the preliminary stages of the CAF Confederation Cup, especially away but that big win over Stellies, seemed to be a catalyst, as they beat Liberian side LPRC Oilers 2-0 away in the first-leg of the group stage play-offs.

Tshegofatso Mabasa broke the deadlock for Pirates just before the half-time break and Fortune Makaringe sealed the win with the second goal in the last minute, as the Buccaneers got two crucial away goals.

As a result, Pirates are on the cusp of reaching the CAF Confederation Cup group stages, with the second-leg coming up on Thursday and if they qualify for the group stages, that will make it unlikely to make coaching changes.

And if the Buccaneers carry that form in the DStv Premiership, Johnson could soon be out of the picture to land a coaching post at Pirates and could be forced to look at other options.

Currently Swallows are without a head coach after they parted ways with Brandon Truter and part of his coaching staff and he could be one of the coaches currently available, who are considered.

Johnson could be a good fit at the Birds given their attacking brand of football, as the former Black Leopards coach is also known to be a coach that plays attacking football.

However, the type of football played could be the last thing on Swallows' minds, given the fact that they are bottom of the log and need results to avoid relegation. 

But still, it seems like Johnson will have to find another team other than Pirates, as the Buccaneers are starting to click into gear.

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