Neil Tovey coy on the appointment of permanent technical team at Bafana Bafana

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Tovey doesn't think Safa's failure to appointment a permanent goalkeeper coach and assistant coach is somehow derailing Bafana's progress

The South African Football Association's (Safa) technical director Neil Tovey believes the organisation's failure to employ a permanent assistant and a goalkeeper coach is not affecting the national team.

Tovey spoke to Goal on Tuesday where coach Stuart Baxter had to rope in his son, Lee, following goalkeeper coach Andre Arendse's unavailability due to family commitments.

“With the goalkeeper coach and assistant coach, Andre has a family issue or commitment to attend to, otherwise there is no problem regarding the permanent assistant coaches,” Tovey told Goal.

“The coach is happy to work the people involved such as Molefi (Ntseki) and others,” he added.

“With Lee, he is roped in to help because Andre is not available and this is a once-off thing, I don't think the issue of a permanent assistant coach has any effect on the team,”explained the former defender.

“The players are professional enough and they are doing well in training, I can confirm. They should be fine and they know what they have to do,” continued the former Bafana skipper.

With the national side set to face Libya in their second Group E of the 2019 Caf African Cup of Nations qualifier without the services of striker Lebo Mothiba, Baxter has threatened to drag Strasbourg FC to Fifa on Monday.

The English coach lamented how the Ligue 1 outfit communicated with his technical team as they reported the player's injury on Sunday night.

Mothiba has already been replaced by Bidvest Wits attacker Mxolisi Macuphu, and former Kaizer Chiefs skipper Tovey said he has no idea on the ins and outs of the matter with Strasbourg.

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“I don't know anything regarding Mothiba and the coach taking his club (Strasbourg) to Fifa. I have no idea on what transpired to be honest - that's not my position to comment on.” concluded Tovey.

The crucial encounter will be staged at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon (15:00) and a win will see Bafana move to six points.

Bafana opened their group assignments with a 2-0 win over Nigeria in June last year and will want to continue where they left off as they take on Libya.