Coach Cavin Johnson did not mince words following Kaizer Chiefs’ surprising loss to Richards Bay FC in the DStv Premiership over the weekend.

Johnson revealed that tensions flared in the Chiefs dressing room as frustrations boiled over after their top four hopes took another hit.

AmaKhosi’s aspirations suffered a significant blow as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against The Natal Rich Boyz at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday. 

Despite commanding possession and registering seven shots on target, a crucial header from captain Simphiwe Mcineka sealed the deal for coach Vusumuzi Vilakazi’s side.

The loss marked the third consecutive defeat for AmaKhosi, plunging them to an alarming 10th position in the standings, much to the dismay of their loyal supporters.

However, the disappointment was not confined to the stands. Johnson, in his post-match remarks, disclosed that the players themselves were seething over their lacklustre performance.

“Once again, we find ourselves in a situation where the opponent capitalizes on a single chance while we dominate possession with 85%,” Johnson lamented. “We’re deeply frustrated with our inability to convert our dominance into victory.”

“The dressing room atmosphere is tense, with players engaging in heated debates over our shortcomings,” Johnson revealed.

“These are aspects of our game that we know we must improve on, and the players are holding each other accountable.”

Despite the setback, Johnson remained optimistic about their prospects, acknowledging the need for a swift turnaround in fortunes. “The current situation is far from ideal, but we must regroup and push forward. We still have six games remaining, and we must rediscover our scoring touch to salvage our season.”

With their sights set on redemption, Chiefs will look to bounce back when they face SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on Saturday, aiming to reignite their climb up the table and revive their fading top-four hopes.