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Tovey would relish Bafana role

2010-07-05 13:08

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 Football365.co.za.

"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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  • Pro Legoete - 2010-07-05 13:32

    It makes perfectly sense. "AmaZulu sacked "Tovey after 1 of their better years.Gavin not even in the picture as coach, Makoena saying Pitso is the perfect coach and what do we have???No qualifivation for ACN 2012 and the same for 2014 SWC.This 2010 didn't learn us 1 lesson.

  • meb - 2010-07-05 13:41

    My team to manage Bafana Bafana going forward would be: Pitso as Head Coach, Neil Tovey as assistanct Coach, Gavin Hynt as Technical Consultant and Lucas Radebe as Team Manager.

  • Bafuny - 2010-07-05 13:58

    gods must be crazy!! how can we expect success when Tovey himself has dismally failed to lift a single trophy @ amazulu and we then elevate his status?? why in SA do we always celebrate mediocrity?? what type of society are we?? even the very pitso (althou with club sucess) is not fit of coaching bafana to the next world cup,he still need mentorship. Pleeeese , Pleeeese, dont ,don't add toveys failures in already failing team!!

  • Bafuny - 2010-07-05 13:58

    gods must be crazy!! how can we expect success when Tovey himself has dismally failed to lift a single trophy @ amazulu and we then elevate his status?? why in SA do we always celebrate mediocrity?? what type of society are we?? even the very pitso (althou with club sucess) is not fit of coaching bafana to the next world cup,he still need mentorship. Pleeeese , Pleeeese, dont ,don't add toveys failures in already failing team!!

  • Hero Nakamura@Pro Legoete - 2010-07-05 14:17

    To add to your point about Amazulu; last season was their best season in 18 years. Neil deserves to play a role in the Bafana team. He is our best captain ever, by far. I support the move!

  • Heita hola - 2010-07-05 14:40

    Head coach Gavin hunt ,,Pitso mosimane assistant ,,,,,Neil Tovey,John Shoe Technical consultant ,,,Mark fish team manager ,,we want someone was playing soccer not reading soccer like David on SABC one

  • Leonard Hlobelo - 2010-07-05 14:43

    This would be a great addition to the national team. We need to go back to playing South African football, something we are familiar with. We are not Europeans!!! Lets keep coaches local..

  • Fred - 2010-07-05 16:15

    I know that I am beating the same drum endlessly, but coaches, assistant coaches, past coaches, future coaches will do nothing for Bafana Bafana. We need an effective "head of football development" much more than we do coaches. While we are at it, a SAFA web-ste would be nice (though that may already exist and I can't find it).

  • KG - 2010-07-05 17:01

    I think this is crap. This smacks of the old saying that "setlhare sa mosotho ke lekgowa" i.e. a black man needs a white man to perform. Why not allow Pitso to choose his own assistant? Tovey is a coach. I don't see him acting as an assistant to anyone. Let alone someone on the same level as him. There is no way that this arrangement will work.

  • Juju - 2010-07-05 17:13

    No way

  • james - 2010-07-05 17:28

    We need a coaching team that applies the best techniques and strategies. We need one of the coaching team to be from Europe or South America who is fluent in English and is highly qualified technically. The current South African team shapes well and can form a basis for the future. However, they need to be as fit as the Germans and be hungry for goals. As for playing the South African way, forget it. We will be slaughtered by the Europeans and the South Americans. This is not recreation but professional sport and has to be learned by the players. Tovey could be very relevant in the set up, because of his background. May be Pitso will work well with a team to back him up. The ideal top man however would be a top class English manager from the premier league. The problem would be finding one who could handle the local nonesense and stay in the job for five years or so. South Africa has a lousy track record with managers because football politics in RSA make the job impossible. They have discarded some of the best. Pereira has shown that if a capable manager is allowed to get on with the job, results will come. There is much to be learned from the rugby and the cricketers who know how to win for most of the time. The footballers can also do it.

  • mpho - 2010-07-05 19:54

    we lifted the African Cup with him. He is to date the captain of the bafana bafana we all loved. I think he can do it. maybe even groom him to be the coach one day.

  • DENNIS PHOKANE - 2010-07-05 20:51

    from my eye site, i think it is a good decision to rember person like neil tovey as an assistant, secondly toveyis a competent coach and experienced one.

  • aubreystown - 2010-07-05 20:53

    local is lekker - local coaches play local soccer. Lets give our own people the chances and stop thinking what's best for our type and culture of soccer lies abroad cause is right in front of our eyes.5/6 African teams came with foreign coaches to SWC and all failed. Hunt, Pitso, Shakes for me share the same pain that foreign coaches have left in our country and therefore will be able to restore our PRIDE.

  • Phanuel Vele - 2010-07-06 12:17

    Neil Tovey would make a good assistance, it is about time we get rid of all these overseas coaches who comes here for the money. Local is lekker. give Pitso and Tovey a chance.

  • George of The Vibrant Ladybrand - 2010-07-19 15:18

    Let him be given a chance I think he can be a good motivation to the guys.

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