Tovey not fazed by pressure
Posted: 18 November 2009 Time: 18:22
Despite the mounting pressure to bail AmaZulu out from the relegation zone, coach Neil Tovey remains unfazed about the threats that his job at the KwaZulu\Natal-based side is on the line.
Usuthu remain in position 15 on the Absa Premiership log with 12 points after 15 games and there have been media reports that Tovey has been given five games to prove himself and keep his job at the club.
Even though the arrival of Roger Palmgren, who has been hired as the club’s football director, has been described as part of a plot to axe Tovey, the former Bafana Bafana captain says his only worry is to win the next five games and help his team out of the relegation zone.
“He (Palmgren) is in the development team and I am with the senior team so I don’t see reason why people should start speculating.
“Its also not true that I have been given five games to prove myself. People are just making their own statements. Obviously the team has not been performing well and we have given ourselves the next five games to change things around and improve our position.
“So those five games are not a threat to anybody in the team; they are important to us to climb into a better position on the log,” he adds.
AmaZulu are to travel to Johannesburg to face Bidvest at Bidvest Stadium on Friday without the services of Ntokozo Sikhakhane, Abdullahi Ishaka and Pere Ariweriyai, but Tovey is still confident that his charges will return to KZN with a positive result.
“Ishaka, Sikhakhane and Ariweriyai are all suspended but we don’t have time to make excuses.
“The Fifa international break has given us a chance to re-group and we are looking forward to approaching the Wits game with positive minds ands hopefully we will come back with the maximum points,” Tovey adds.