Tovey: No team deserved the league more than Kaizer Chiefs

AmaKhosi legend Neil Tovey shares his views with Goal on a remarkable season that his former team has had since August last year
Former Kaizer Chiefs captain and defender Neil Tovey told Goal that he is not surprised at all that the AmaKhosi are the 2012/2013 PSL champions after their 1-1 draw against SuperSport United on Wednesday night.

The Glamour Boys have been on top of the log since their first game of the season against AmaZulu and Tovey believes that itself is a sign of a great team.

"No team deserved to win it more than them. They've been fantastic all season. Their first game of the season (6-0 win over AmaZulu) really lifted them up and they never put the foot off the pedal from then," Tovey told Goal.

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"We thought they will drop their heads after the Afcon, but they came back stronger than ever. I am not surprised that they are the champions," he said.

Tovey, who win the league with Chiefs back in 1991 and 1992, believes that the management made it easy for the coach by signing quality players at the beginning of the season.

"The quality of players that Chiefs signed at the beginning of the season really came to the party. They didn't need time to adapt. I think the Chiefs management should be applauded for signing the best available players in the league," said Tovey.

The 50-year-old Tovey who still holds the record of 52 starts in a season for Chiefs, says credit must also be given to coach Stuart Baxter whom he believes instilled the hope in players.

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He adds that Baxter's ability to implement more than one formation in one game made it difficult for other teams to match Chiefs' style of play.

"I think Baxter deserves some credit also. He's been fantastic as a coach and one could see that he has instilled the belief in his players," added "Mokoko" as he was known amongst his peers during his playing days.

"He came up with the transition play that he killed a lot of teams with. Being able to change from one system of play to another in one game is difficult, but Baxter did it and the players responded well," concluded Tovey.

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