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18 Jul 2014
2:00 pm

Cavin Johnson intends to start and finish well

After a mid-season slump in their last campaign, SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson has learnt -- it is not only the start that counts, but how the team finish.

FILE PICTURE: SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson. PIcture: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

“This time around we will be looking for better consistency,” Johnson said on Friday.

“We started off very well last season but we didn’t manage to finish in the same way.”

United compete in the pre-season Gauteng Cup on Saturday, alongside Mamelodi Sundowns, Moroka Swallows and University of Pretoria at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.

The first match sees defending Premiership champions Sundowns do battle against Swallows, followed by United taking on cross-town rivals Tuks. The winners of each match meet in a final later in the afternoon.

United would be boosted by home ground advantage, but with the tournament comprising teams from the local province, it might not count for much.

Johnson is hoping to guide his team to the final where a kitty of R500 000 is up grabs.

“It’s a tournament that offers us the bragging rights of being one of the best sides in the province. And I hope we can live up to that,” he said.

Johnson has recently made some changes to the make-up of the side, with three new acquisitions set to make their debuts for the club.

Defender Clayton Daniels, signed from Bloemfontein Celtic, the versatile Michael Morton (Maritzburg United) and Lerato Manzini (Celtic) will receive their first taste of competitive football in their new colours.

“It’s an opportunity to try out new combinations and introduce our new recruits to our style of play,” said the coach of the three-time Premiership champions.

“The signings we have made will all contribute to our ambitions as a team. We have assembled a formidable squad and we hope we can rectify the mistakes from last season.”

United showed great promise early last season, throwing them into the title-contender bracket with pundits singing their praises. They began in stupendous fashion beating current English Premiership champions Manchester City 2-0 in a pre-season friendly.

They went on to become the pace setters in the title race for a number of weeks, until the side ran out of gas and eventually relinquished the championship to neighbours Sundowns.

In the end, United walked away without a trophy and Johnson has called on his players to forget about last season and focus on doing well throughout the new season.

“It’s time for us to step up and play like the top side that we are. We are all aware at the club what is expected of us.”