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Tovey: We've Got To Start Making SA A Fortress

Bafana Bafana legend and SAFA technical director Neil Tovey believes South Africa needs to be made a fortress once again, with the national team currently not doing itself justice.

According to Tovey's assessment of the national team, the men donning the iconic green and gold for the country have what it takes to help the country qualify for CAF and FIFA tournaments, but he added that failing to win home matches is one of the main problems the team needs to solve.

"To be honest, what we've seen of our national team is less than what we expected. We have the ability and the playing capacity to qualify for any CAF or FIFA tournament. We have that ability. We are not doing ourselves justice in that regard at this moment in time, not at all," the former Chiefs defender told the Siya crew.

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"We're far off it. To draw three games at home... you cannot qualify that way. We need to step it up. We've got to start making South Africa a fortress, where you don't leave with any points.

"If we had won our games at home, I don't think the qualification would have been a problem, but that needs to be instilled in our senior national team.

"I don't know the statistics, to be honest, because I'm not around them at the moment. But over the last six to nine tournament games, I can't remember us winning too many games at home. If you want to qualify, you do the job at home and then you get a result or two away, then you're certain you'll be favourites to qualify."

To read the full, two-page exclusive interview with Neil Tovey, check out this week's edition of Soccer Laduma, issue number 989.

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