Tovey would relish Bafana role

2010-07-05 13:08
Neil Tovey (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Media reports have suggested that Neil Tovey is set to be appointed as Bafana Bafana assistant boss. Although the former Bafana skipper denies he has received a formal approach from SAFA, he admits he would gladly accept the job if the offer was made.

Tovey parted company with Premier Soccer League outfit AmaZulu last week opening the door for him to assist Carlos Alberto Parreira's likely successor, Pitso Mosimane, in the Bafana hotseat.

"Obviously there is a lot of talk around it," Tovey told

"I have always said that I would like to help the national team in some way one day, so we will have to wait and see.

"Nobody has approached me yet, I don't want to get ahead of myself we will see what happens and take it from there."

The former Mamelodi Sundowns mentor revealed that he would be honoured to help his country reach the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

"I would be an honour to get the job," he added.

"But we will have to see what the picture and the whole way going forward is.

"I want to try and make things happen for the country, we all want to try and make things happen for the country and make Bafana Bafana a better team.

"So we want to see what the vision is and everything and take it from there."

Tovey captained Bafana to the African Nations Cup title on home soil in 1996 and he believes this experience could play a big role in helping the national side qualify for the 2012 version.

"I think it will be a good insight especially because we have a qualifying campaign in Africa where it is going to be very tough.

"It is hard to travel into Africa and it is very, very important," he concluded.


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