Tovey's advice for table-topping Chiefs


Former Kaizer Chiefs captain Neil Tovey says it would be a big mistake for his former team to assume closest rivals in the Absa Premiership title race Mamelodi Sundowns are now dead and buried.

On Monday, Sundowns blew their chance of closing the gap between them and Chiefs when they lost 3-2 to Cape Town City on Monday.

However, the Glamour Boys then failed to capitalise on that result after losing 3-1 to Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday.

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Sundowns, who have a game in hand, could now close a six-point gap to three if they beat Maritzburg United on Friday.

"It takes a game, I mean Liverpool did a whole different thing when they came back you know," Tovey tells

"There are still a lot of points to play for. About 15 points. But games aren't easy, Chiefs have still got to play Sundowns, that's a key game for them.

"I think that result [for Chiefs] against Polokwane City, I think it could probably be a league-winning result to be honest. To be 2-0 down to win it 3-2... but it's not over to be honest. It's not over until you've got all the points in the bag and done the job."

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'Mokoko', who won the league as a coach for Mamelodi Sundowns in 2005/06, was asked if he thought Pitso Mosimane's side would topple Chiefs at the top of table.

"They've got six games left so it's 18 points. That's a lot of points," he says.

"And they are still going to play each other so that's like a six-pointer. You lose three and the other team that wins gains three so that's like six points.

"So ja no, there's a lot of football to be played. But it looks healthy for Chiefs at this moment."

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What would Tovey tell the team at this stage if he were Amakhosi coach Ernst Middendorp?

"Why do you want to tell them anything different at the end of the season? Take one game at a time. One result at a time. Don't look too far ahead. Don't look any further than your next game," he advises.

"And don't think it's just going to happen for you, everybody is fighting for something, whoever you play against."

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