Tovey eyes return to PSL
A storming second-half display gave Thanda Royal Zulu a 2-1 win over Santos, giving coach Neil Tovey reason to believe his side can scoop the ultimate prize - promotion to the Absa Premiership.
The KZN side are equal with Santos on four points, with both clubs having one game to go in the play-offs. Chippa United have two points, but still have two matches to play.
Tovey saw his charges struggling to quell a rampant first-half showing from the Cape side, and when they went into the break a goal down, Thanda's dream of playing in the PSL seemed in danger of imploding.
But the former Kaizer Chiefs defender rallied his troops adequately as they fought back with second-half goals from captain Asanda Mvalo and Edwin Sitayitayi to ensure that the KZN side go into their final match, against Chippa United in Richards Bay on Wednesday, with a decent shot at earning promotion.
"We let ourselves down in the first half because we never controlled the game well enough," said Tovey. "When we got the ball up to our front runners it came back too quickly, they weren't holding it up, they were trying to flick things and it didn't quite work for us. We had a big discussion at half-time - we needed to hold the ball up better and bring the midfielders into play.
"We lost the ball too quickly and couldn't support our strikers - as we got it we give it away," said Tovey.
Going into the final match, Tovey believes the club's fate lies in the ability of his players to approach the game with the correct mindset: "Our concentration levels need to improve, and we also need to try and relax more because we put ourselves under pressure sometimes.
"When we are a relaxed team we play better. Then we start keeping the ball, because that's the type of team we are. In football you wish you could get into the minds of the players sometimes, to work on their concentration."