Tovey named new Aces coach

2010-09-30 11:00
Neil Tovey (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana skipper Neil Tovey has satisfied Mpumalanga Black Aces management with his professionalism and passion for the game which has led to the team appointing him coach of the team that has started the season in erratic fashion.

It was a tight race between him and fellow Durbanite Gordon Igesund but in the end, Tovey just pipped his competitor to the past and is the man who will replace Aiki Ayiomamitis who was fired after only three games in charge.

Although Ayiomamitis guided Aces to a play-off finish where they lost to Black Leopards in the first leg but regrouped to finish off their opponents in the second leg in a dramatic penalty shootout to regain their Premiership status, it had been pretty tough going in the new season.

Aces went on an unprecedented shopping spree during the off-season, bringing in a record 18 new players. But even then, that has not stopped the team from going on a free-fall, losing their opening three games.

A painful 3-2 loss to Platinum Stars in their opening game at home gave them hope. However, it was followed by a 2-1 loss away to defending champions SuperSport and that appeared to ring alarm bells within the camp. And when they went down 1-0 to Santos at home, it was more than management could stomach. They fired him.

Now it will be up to Tovey not only to restore confidence in the team, but to bring out all the motivational skills he has learned along the way while he was still at Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu and helped resuscitate spirit in a team with so much potential but has not been able to realize their true worth.

Aces come up against newly promoted Vasco da Gama at the Puma Rugby Stadium in Mpumalanga on October 17 and that will be a real test of character for Tovey which should give everyone an indication of whether he has what it takes to steer them out of the drop zone.

To his credit, he has less than 10 days available to at least knock the team into shape, but that’s a pretty short time.

Read more on:    neil tovey  |  mpumalanga black aces

Bafana remain in 72nd spot

2015-09-03 13:24


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

12 September 2015
Golden Arrows v Mamelodi Sundowns, Chatsworth Stadium 15:00
Free State Stars v Chippa United, Goble Park 15:00
SuperSport United v Kaizer Chiefs, Peter Mokaba Stadium 18:00
Ajax Cape Town v Polokwane City, Cape Town Stadium 20:15
Maritzburg United v Bloemfontein Celtic, Harry Gwala Stadium 20:15
13 September 2015
Jomo Cosmos v Platinum Stars, Olen Park 15:00
University of Pretoria v Wits, Tuks Stadium 15:00
18 September 2015
Orlando Pirates v Black Aces, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

The 2015/16 PSL season kicks off this weekend. When all is said and done, who will be crowned champions of South Africa?

Love 2 Meet

Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.