Tovey ready for Bucs

2010-10-19 08:56

New Mpumalanga Black Aces coach Neil Tovey, believes his strugglers could burst Orlando Pirates’ bubble when they clash in an Absa Premiership fixture at the Orlando Stadium tomorrow.

Kick-off is at 8pm.

Tovey, who watched his charges throw away a 2-0 lead at home to Vasco da Gama at the weekend to settle for a 2-2 draw in his first game in charge, was upbeat about playing the unbeaten Bucs who recently won the MTN8 trophy and are unbeaten in the league.

“Although I have tremendous respect for them, they are not unbeatable. They have been impressive this season, but we are determined to get away from the foot of the table and we see this as a tremendous challenge,” said Tovey.

The former Bafana Bafana captain who was brought in to replace Aki Ayiomamidis after three straight defeats, said they should have beaten Vasco.

 “We dropped our heads when they scored from the penalty spot to make it 2-1 and the players have got to learn not to allow setbacks to get to them.”

Tovey is also concerned with his centre backs whom he said worried him against Vasco.

“In midfield and attack we looked good and created a lot of chances which were not converted, but I was concerned by the way we conceded the equaliser.

“The defence need to concentrate and stay focused for 90 minutes – we cannot allow Pirates that sort of freedom and.”

Pirates are flying high after beating Moroka Swallows in the MTN8 final and scoring a big 2-1 win over leaders Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lucas Moripe Stadium at the weekend, to close the gap on Downs.

“Winning the MTN8 and now beating a big side like Sundowns away from home showed we have got that championship-winning mentality and we are not about to let things slip against Aces,” said Bucs spokesperson Mickey Modisane.

“We will not take Aces for granted as no team get to play in the PSL by fluke.

Aces are here on merit and despite a bad start, have a good side.

“But we aim to retain our unbeaten record and keep the pressure on at the top of the table.”

Bucs have three players – strikers Thulasizwe Mbuyane who scored both goals against Downs, Ezenwa Otorugu and midfielder Andile Jali, in the treatment room after receiving knocks against Downs.

The trio will face a late fitness test but all are expected to be fit for selection.

Tickets are on sale at all Computicket and Checkers outlets.

Tickets for the Soweto Derby featuring Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on November 13, go on sale today.

In tomorrow’s other fixture champions SuperSport United face a tough battle when they host Ajax Cape Town at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Kick-off is at 7.30pm.

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