Newly appointed Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has chosen former Platinum Stars mentor Cavin Johnson to join him as assistant coach at the Egyptian giants.
Rhulani Mokwena was said to be Mosimane’s first choice for the position, but having recently returned to Mamelodi Sundowns Mokwena did not leave the Chloorklop club and has since been appointed joint head coach with Mosimane’s former assistant Manqoba Mngqithi.
Mosimane shocked the African football fraternity last week after his abrupt exit from Sundowns to join Egypt’s Red Devils.
The 56-year-old has already hit the ground running after Al Ahly won its first game with the South African mentor in charge on Sunday as they defeated Al Mokawloon 1-0.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce that coach Johnson has agreed to join me as assistant coach at Al Ahly,” Mosimane said in a statement.
“This completes the technical team I bring with me to the Red Devils after fitness trainer Kabelo Rangoaga and performance analyst Musi Matlaba [were appointed].
“Coach Cavin is an experienced and accomplished mentor who has played an integral part in the development of football in South Africa and beyond.”
Johnson had been out of work since his axing from Black Leopards last year. He expressed gratitude to Mosimane for giving him the opportunity to work beside him at “Africa’s Club of the Century”.
“It’s an honour to be joining one of the most successful South African coaches to coach the most successful club in Africa,” Johnson said.
“I just want to thank coach Pitso for giving me the opportunity to work with this club of the century‚” Johnson was quoted as saying.