Johnson said the current crop of players are not made to endure the harsh conditions throughout the continent.
“Do we have the material to give Shakes a proper platform to play better football?” asks Johnson.
“Why is everybody worried ‘is Shakes going to do well, yes or no?’ That’s too late. I know he can do well, but has he got the material to do well?”
Mashaba arrived back in South Africa this morning, returning from a tour of West Africa with the national Under-20 side.
Other PSL coaches, including the likes of Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter and Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane have already pledged their support to Mashaba and Johnson has done the same, with one caveat.
“I will give him as much as I can,” said Johnson. “In the circumstances it is called upon.
“But you cannot expect to have players on a non-Fifa weekend, when the PSL says you have to play Wednesday and Saturday. Those are the difficult things we need to sort out.”
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