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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.

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:47 pm
tovey has fail no matter his putting a brave face. he has let the team down.but also the mangement is to blame why do they go for inexperienced coaches.cheaplabour?
posted: 07:38 pm
Hs was @ mayb u shuld b an asistant.finish nd if u ned 2 chat 0764714594
posted: 09:56 pm
If I were to be a serious and good reader of my future at AMAZULU FC under Tovey this season I would be becoming a spendrift player and worry about my salary and savings so that I survive during the NFD season. What about begging Tschilaskis for the place at Thanda when they are promoted to PSL next season after WC.As for Sokhela I would be going to Msholozi the President and ask for tips of how to become a man or what skills of success did he learn during the time he was herding cattle. Lunga is a sissy.
posted: 07:53 am
Amazulu must not panic and fire Tovey.If they do then it will be obvious that they will be relegated.The clear relegation candidates at the moment are Aces and Maritzburg united.Cosmos will survive because of these two teams have changed coaches.Amazulu must not fall on the same trap.Message for Tovey is to change things at the back.They must buy Platjies to help their defence
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