Cape Town - AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson has downplayed the
importance of claiming a top-eight finish in the Absa Premiership, insisting
there is no difference between finishing 5th and 11th.
The Durban outfit were docked six points in September last
year after being found guilty of unlawfully terminating Phineas Nambandi's contract
but have recovered well from the setback.
They currently occupy 11th place in the Premiership
standings, four points clear of the dreaded drop zone and six points behind
Kaizer Chiefs, Polokwane City and Bloemfontein Celtic.
And, Johnson says that his target is always to challenge for
top spot in the league and if that is not possible, then it doesn't matter
where his side finishes.
"It is something I have been against, and this is my
personal opinion, that if I can't make the top place then [position] two,
three, four, five, 12 is all the same," Johnson is quoted as saying by
"That's my mentality. If I don't win it, then if you
come fifth you might as well come 11th. I was once was runner-up in the league, but it might
as well have been 13th place, it was the same thing.
"I believe that if I can't make number one, what's the
use of making top eight. It's just how I feel - when we play for the league, I
want to win the league."
However, Johnson did concede that a top-three finish would
be a welcome situation as it would open up a path to the CAF Champions League
and Confederation Cup.
"I do appreciate Africa and if I could I'd like to play
there every year because we are not as strong as we think we are in those
competitions," he added.