By Michael Madyira
Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey has described his former club Kaizer Chiefs as a “beast” and suggests a different approach to signing players.
The Soweto giants concluded the 2022/23 season with nothing in their hands to extend their trophy drought to eight years.
It was a campaign they also failed to finish in the Premier Soccer League top-four as they settled for fifth spot and will not play continental football next season.
Despite coach Arthur Zwane signing 10 players, most of them flopped and Tovey feels they should respond to this with a revised transfer policy.
“I have always mentioned that the recruitment of players needs to get better at Chiefs,” Tovey told Scrolla.Africa.
“They should put more emphasis on maybe having ex-professionals, their ex-players working together with the management and the coach on what the kind of players he wants.
“They need to check whether or not players have the mentality to play for Chiefs. Chiefs are a beast. But we only know if the players will mentally cope when they are there.
“It didn’t look like there was some commitment from all the players. It seems they were very much playing for themselves and not playing for the team.”
While Chiefs struggled in both attack and defence, the former Amakhosi defender identifies what he thinks was the most problematic area in Zwane’s side.
“I think the defence was not quite good, they conceded far too many goals,” said Tovey.
“When you are like that in defence it affects the whole team. The basis of a good season revolves around doing well in defence.
“I don’t mean being defensive, no, but there are various forms of how not to concede goals and that’s by keeping the ball and keep on attacking. There is a whole lot of different aspects to that.”
Chiefs’ defensive frailties saw them concede 33 goals in 30 league games.
Their forwards also struggled for goals as Zwane found it hard to have a regular scorer in his squad.
As the Chiefs trainer seeks to refresh his defence players like Thatayaone Ditlhokwe and Given Msimango are expected to arrive at Naturena.
Upfront, Young Africans forward Fiston Mayele and the PSL’s joint top-goal scorer Khanyisa Mayo are also reportedly transfer targets of Zwane.
Pictured above: Ex-Kaizer Chuefs captain Neil Tovey (left)
Image source: Kaizer Chiefs