By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
COACHING is a very cruel job that one may wake up the next morning to find yourself jobless.
Former Bafana Bafana captain, Neil “Mokoko” Tovey is the latest victim to this statement after he was shown an exit by his club, Mpumalanga Black Aces where he had a short stint as the club’s head coach.
The troubled AmaZayoni as the Mpumalanga based-side is known confirmed the expulsion of Tovey which they have since described as a “mutual” decision.
In their statement Aces said: “Black Aces regret to announce that a mutual decision has been reached in parting ways with their Head Coach Neil Tovey, reads the statement.
After lengthy meetings where all matters and issues were discussed in depth, both parties agreed to shake hands amicably and try for a different solution,” read the statement.
Ironically, Aces CEO, Mark Grune has however praise Tovey for bringing flesh approach and more professional leadership to Aces
“It was an eye-opener in terms of new ideas and structure, and I enjoyed working with Neil and his total professionalism,” said Grune.
Tovey who took over Aces’ hot seat from another incompetent coach, Akis Ayiomamitis has been struggling lately to bring some results at the club, and his latest poor results include losing 4-0 to away to AmaZulu on Sunday, December 17 before surrendering a 2-0 at home against Kaizer Chiefs in their last match on the 2010 calendar on Wednesday, December 22.
Before he could join Aces, Tovey coached AmaZulu which he guided to their first cup final match, the Nedbank Cup after more than two decates.
Aces are second from the bottom of the log with only five points from 11 league matches.