Cavin Johnson

Cavin Dennis Johnson (born 11 November 1958)[1] is a South African soccer coach who currently works as an assistant coach at Al Ahly in the Egyptian Premier League.

Cavin Johnson
Personal information
Full name Cavin Dennis Johnson[1]
Date of birth (1958-11-11) 11 November 1958 (age 63)
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Club information
Current team
Al Ahly (Assistant coach)
Teams managed
Years Team
2012–2013 Platinum Stars
2013–2014 SuperSport United
2015–2017 Platinum Stars
2017–2019 AmaZulu
2019–2020 Black Leopards
2020–2021 Al Ahly (Assistant coach)

Johnson has previously managed South African clubs Platinum Stars (twice), SuperSport United, AmaZulu and Black Leopards in the Premier Soccer League.

Coaching careerEdit

Johnson is one of many coaches that came under the tutelage of Ted Dumitru. Before accepting the head coaching role at Platinum Stars in 2012, Johnson mainly worked as youth and assistant coach for various clubs in South Africa among them assistant coach and later head of youth development at Ajax Cape Town, Mamelodi Sundowns and most recently Platinum Stars. In his first season as head coach he led Stars to a 2nd-place finish in the PSL and subsequently joined SuperSport United to replace the outgoing Gavin Hunt. Johnson managed SuperSport between 2013 and 2014 for 39 matches, achieving 1.36 points per game.

After being sacked by SuperSport he returned to Platinum Stars in March 2015,[2] guiding the club to third place in the league in the 2015–16 season. After a ninth-placed finish in 2016–17, Johnson left Platinum Stars when the club decided not to renew his contract.[3]

On 8 August 2017, he was appointed as the head coach of newly-promoted AmaZulu in the Premier Soccer League - succeeding Joey Antipas.[4] He was fired by AmaZulu in August 2019, after a poor start to the Club's 2019/20 season, accumulating 2 points from 15 (first 5 games), and not having won a game since April 2019.

Following the resignation of Luc Eymael from Black Leopards on 27 December 2019,[5] Johnson was named as the new Black Leopards mentor on 29 December 2019.[6] On 27 January 2020, after being in charge of Leopards for only 5 matches, Johnson was suspended from his duties as head coach - this due to a string of poor performances (four losses and one draw). On 31 January 2020 it was announced that Johnson had officially parted ways with Black Leopards.[7]

He holds a SAFA Level III Pro Licence, Dutch FA (KNVB) certificate, Brazil FA Advanced Course certificate and his preferred formation is 4-4-2.

In 1994, Johnson discovered Steven Pienaar and later brought him to the School of Excellence where Johnson worked as youth coach at the time. Both hail from Westbury in Johannesburg.[8]

In October 2020, he became an assistant coach to Pitso Mosimane at Egyptian club Al Ahly.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Cavin Johnson is married, with three children.

Johnson suffered a heart attack on 31 January 2020; spending two nights in hospital under observation.[10]


Club HonoursEdit

Personal HonoursEdit


  1. ^ a b Kickoff PSL Yearbook 2012/2013, p. 40
  2. ^ LIVE, Times. "Cavin Johnson re-appointed as Platinum Stars coach". Times LIVE. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Platinum Stars part ways with Johnson". ESPN. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  4. ^ "AmaZulu part ways with Joey Antipas, appoint Cavin Johnson as head coach". Kick Off. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  5. ^ Reporter, Phakaaathi. "Eymael leaves Black Leopards".
  6. ^ "Black Leopards hire Cavin Johnson as new head coach". TimesLIVE.
  7. ^ "Cavin Johnson Officially Available For Third Club This Season". Soccer Laduma. 31 January 2020.
  8. ^ Tlou, Clyde (17 April 2014). "Emotional Pienaar thanks Cavin". SuperSport. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  9. ^ "OFFICIAL: Cavin Johnson joins Al Ahly as assistant coach". 5 October 2020.
  10. ^ Magasela, Bongani (3 February 2020). "Cavin Johnson 'OK' after heart attack". Sowetan Live. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  11. ^ "The Msunduzi Cup Went To AmaZulu This Weekend". Soccer Laduma. 21 July 2019.
  12. ^ "KwaZulu-Natal Premiers Cup match report AmaZulu v Richards Bay FC 29 July 2018". Kick Off. 30 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Cavin Johnson Is The PSL's Best Coach For The Month". Soccer Laduma. 2 November 2015.
  14. ^ "AmaZulu 'double' as Johnson, Tade named Coach and Player of the Month".