Molefi Ntseki has been fired by Soweto Giants Kaizer Chiefs with Cavin Johnson taking over as new coach. The decision was announced by the club on Monday after a meeting held on Monday morning.

Amakhosi were knocked out of the Carling Knockout on Saturday after a 1-0 loss to AmaZulu. They are now left with the Nedbank Cup and also the DStv Premiership to try end their eight-season trophy drought. 

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“Following a meeting on Monday morning, Molefi Ntseki’s tenure as Head Coach of Kaizer Chiefs has ended amicably by mutual consent. Given the recent run of disappointing results, the parties agreed that this was the best course of action under the prevailing circumstances,” the club said in a statement. 

“Cavin Johnson, who recently joined Chiefs as Head of the Youth Development Academy, will take over as the First Team coach on an interim basis. Current assistant coach Dillon Sheppard will retain his position under Johnson.

“Assistant Coach, Arthur Zwane will return to his former role within the development structures of the Club,” they said. 

 Molefi Ntseki fired by Kaizer Chiefs, Cavin Johnson appointed new coach
Arthur Zwane returns to his role at Kaizer Chiefs development


Coach Ntseki arrived at Chiefs in June 2021 as Head of Technical and Youth Development. He took over as the senior team Head Coach in June 2023.

“I would like to thank Coach Ntseki for his contribution to the Club since he arrived here. Both at the development level and with the senior team. We wish him success in his future endeavours,” said Sporting Director, Kaizer Motaung Jr.

Ntseki also expressed his gratitude to the Chairman, Dr. Kaizer Motaung, and the Board of Directors for the opportunity to coach Amakhosi. He also wished the team all the best for the rest of the season.

PSL giants Kaizer Chiefs have announced the appointment of Molefi Ntseki as the new Head Coach of the first team, effective immediately. He takes over from Coach Arthur Zwane, who returns to the role of assistant coach, together with Dillon Sheppard.

Prior to this appointment, Ntseki served as the club’s Head of Technical and Youth Development.

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“We would like to congratulate Coach Ntseki and thank him for accepting this huge responsibility,” said Executive Chairman, Dr Kaizer Motaung.

“We know it’s not an easy task but we believe his experience and knowledge will help us improve and achieve our goals as Kaizer Chiefs.

“He has been here for two years, working well with Coaches Arthur and Dillon in his role as Head of Technical, and will now work with them in a different capacity,” added Motaung.

“We look forward to Coach Ntseki sharing his experience and ensuring that there is stability in the team while we improve our performance. We will provide him with all the support he needs in this new role,” added Chairman Motaung.

Kaizer Chiefs announce Molefi Ntseki as new coach
Kaizer Chiefs and Molefi Ntseki


Ntseki says he looks forward to working with everyone in the technical team.

“I fully accept this huge responsibility that the Chairman, our Board of Directors and the Club have bestowed on me with humility and respect and thank them for their confidence and belief in me to become the captain of the ship.

“I look forward to working with everyone involved in the technical team to bring joy to our millions of Amakhosi supporters around the world,” he said.

Meanwhile, the club has appointed former goalkeeper coach Rainer Dinkelacker as a Strategic Adviser in the goalkeeping department. Dinkelacker will work with the goalkeeper coaches and the goalkeepers next season.

He will also have the responsibility of advising on all technical operations and developing the strategy for the goalkeeping department from junior to senior teams.