Tovey takes over at Aces

Posted: 30 September 2010 Time: 10:31 am

Mpumalanga Black Aces today announced that Neil Tovey would immediately take over the vacant head coach position.

Announcing this on their website, the club said that various coaches were thoroughly interviewed by Aces directors and management, and Aces chairman George Morfou said “they feel they have the right man to take the club to the next level”.

Neil Tovey, who has a UEFA A license, was a prolific player and has great leadership qualitities. He played professional football in South Africa for 20 years, holding the record for the most club appearances for the National Soccer League before it became the Premier Soccer League.

He started his professional football playing career in 1981 with Durban City where he played 176 games. He further played 117 games for AmaZulu and then spent 10 years with Kaizer Chiefs appearing 341 times.

Tovey was the first Bafana captain when South Africa were re-admitted into international football in 1991. He went on to captain South Africa 29 times and has 52 international caps.

Since retiring from active football he has commenced a career in coaching which included AmaZulu, Hellenic and Mamelodi Sundowns. He was joint coach at Mamelodi Sundowns when they won the 2005/6 League Title.

During the 2009/10 Premier League season, Neil coached AmaZulu to two semi-finals and also to their first Cup-final in 18 years.

"We are pleased to welcome Neil on board and firmly believe he will take the squad to the next level," said Morfou.

"We have had a slow start to the season and we are confident that Neil can instil consistency and get Aces back to where they belong – that being in the top echelons of the PSL."

Aces will formally introduce Neil Tovey at a press conference to be held at Feva Sports Lounge on Friday at 14h00.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:37 am
I think aces has made a good choice...what does this mean for see having fallouts with the coach, do as Khanyeza
posted: 10:47 am
Tovey u must win ur first three games.
posted: 10:49 am
its a good move for both tovey & aces..local is lekker
posted: 10:59 am

Tovey: Every where u go, u get fired. This is not good for your Resume and future.

Champ Thivhu
posted: 11:01 am
Its official...Aces are relegated this season, not because of Tovey but due to unforeseen reasons.

Love & Peace ... Black & Gold!
posted: 11:02 am
Congrats Sir Tovey. U Deserve It. I Just Dat It Was at Well-ran Team. All De Best.
posted: 11:20 am
I have so much respect for 'young' coaches like Neil Tovey,Steve Khompela, Tommy Madigage, Ian Gorowa and Larsen (celitc) who understand that for you to get to the top you need to start down there. Yes let them fire u but the experience will make you grow to bigger.

People like Lucas Radebe who want to be given BB post when he has not even coached a pre-school, Mark Fish (stiil basking on 96 glory) and Doctor Khumalo (content with unchallenging u/14 development at KC) and others will never make it in big football.

Congra Tovey....hope u avoid the axe
Gucci Man
posted: 11:40 am
KaMashobana: 2010-09-30 11:20 [ Report ]
Doctor Khumalo (content with unchallenging u/14 development at KC)
He he he he're too harsh , he he he he he

That was funny man he he he
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 11:49 am
Tiyani wa ka Mabasa is still fuming. can you please give him a an extended leave until next month? this guy is still crying.
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 11:54 am
Teko’s Place In Bafana Squad Safe!

Teko Modise
Bafana Bafana head coach Pitso Mosimane has shown his faith in out-of-favour midfielder Teko Modise by selecting him in his national team squad, which the coach announced today.

Modise’s selection for his club side Orlando Pirates has not been guaranteed this season so far after an extended period of average performances from the player.

While many fans and football authorities have turned against the former two-time PSL Player of the Season, Mosimane has decided to back the player.

The national team will travel to Free Town, Sierra Leone for their next African Cup of Nations qualifying game.

The Bafana Bafana squad selected is:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Moeneeb Josephs, Darren Keet

Defenders: Aaron Mokoena, Bongani Khumalo, Morgan Gould, Siboniso Gaxa, Anele Ngcongca, Tsepho Masilela, Siyabonga Sangweni

Midfielders: Siphiwe Tshabalala, Teko Modise, Steven Pienaar, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, MacBeth Sibaya, Andile Jali, Thanduyise Khuboni

Strikers: Sthembiso Ngcobo, Katlego Mphela, Bernard Parker, Surprise Moriri.

Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 12:07 pm
Thanx Jingles for silencing Teko's critics,Teko will remain a Hero in the notes of South African football.
posted: 12:08 pm
Soccer Critic ( Tivani ): 2010-09-30 11:54

Man you must be jocking with that team, Sthembiso Ngcobo again? yho, leNzula lekhendlephi kanti?
posted: 12:14 pm
Soccer Critic ( Tivani ): 2010-09-30 12:07

You wanted to kill jingles, now you thanking hm, kant'unjani Tivani?
posted: 01:44 pm
@ kamashobana

I agree with you,Niel tovey will be one of the great coaches bcos he knows he has to work himself up not like Lucas Radebe and Doctor.
You see, Lucas thinks that Mzansi owes him something and he is special like Pele,Maradona,Dunga,van basten,maldini and Klinsman but he is nowhere near that league and has achieved nothing of note except for leading leeds United to relegation.
posted: 02:54 pm
KickOff, get your facts straight. Neil Tovey was not the first captain of Bafana Bafana, Steve Khompela was.
posted: 08:19 am
Don't come at Aces with overlooking ball players, there is a young boy who is moving so nicely in that Midfield. Don't apply Wits kind of play there. You were benching abo Skhakhane who are the playmakers, maybe I don't like the coach who don't believe in a passing game with thinking midfielders that posses skills.
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