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Tovey: Nigeria and Ivory Coast To Shine

Ex-Bafana Bafana defender, Neil Tovey, said fans can look forward to an exciting World Cup in Brazil as the tournament gets underway tomorrow.

Mokoko, as he’s known in football circles, he added that when we talk of the World Cup, we talk of best days in world football.

“I don’t think this tournament will be different from the others. Brazil is a colourful country and we hope to see that on the field of play in terms of the football. It’s always the case with the World Cup, although the preparations have not been as convincing compared to South Africa prior to 2010. Yes, football is demanding in terms of organising such a massive tournament, but I believe we’ll see a great World Cup,” said the former skipper.

The Pretoria-born central defender made 52 appearances for the national team and he also shared his expectations on African teams taking part in the World Cup. He also shared his sentiments about Bafana’s situation and the way forward for the national side.

“Cameroon are in a tough group (Group A) against Brazil and I can’t see them progressing through to the next round. I think Cote d’Ivoire stand a good chance of going ahead. Coming to Nigeria, they’re in (Group F) with Argentina, Bosnia and Iran. They’re in a tough group as well but not as tough as the Cameroonians. Ghana for me is also in a tough group. This is a very difficult group with Germany, Portugal and the USA. In terms of chances for the African teams, I only see Nigeria and Ivory Coast progressing.

“We still will have to qualify and we need to ensure we’re back on track as soon as possible. It’s disappointing to acknowledge that we hosted in 2010 and now we’re not taking part this time around. I don’t think it was a wise move not to renew coach Gordon Igesund’s contract, he needed time in the job. If we don’t want him, get someone local like Clive Barker or Gavin Hunt,” said Tovey.

To read more on what he said, get your copy of the latest Soccer Laduma (Issue no: 875) and read the Revolving Column.

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