Neil Tovey in charge at Mpumalanga Black 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.