Neil Tovey has got wind of Kearyn Baccus’ want of Amakhosi’s number 15 jersey and the legend didn’t mince his words.
"He is eyeing number 15?" Tovey asked KickOff’s Sipho Mlotha.
Tovey, who earned his Chiefs legend alongside Doctor Khumalo in the 1990’s hasn’t had his number 9 jersey retired. Yet the Durbanite has a special regard for Khumalo’s number which has been targeted by the club’s new talented centre midfielder.
"Er... ja, that... I would say he needs to leave it alone. That must be hung up in a proper manner. He must look for number 35, not number 15, because he is low down in the pecking order. He has to prove himself first,” Tovey added.
As reported here on Futaa last month, Baccus publicly expressed his interest in donning the classic number 15 top, but was told a certain club icon had the jersey stored away.
"Well I mean Doctor was there for how many years? Maybe 10, 12 years and achieved many, many trophies you know. Er... that good gentleman that's coming from Australia, how many trophies has he won? So there's your answer.”
"You know he needs to perform to a consistent level with the team to make sure they win some trophies, and perform to the level that's satisfactory to the coach and the supporters."
"Everybody is, everybody is replaceable. But you know some take a bit longer than other to be replaced... but the only way to deserve the jersey is by winning some trophies with your teammates. Two, three months into the season then... ah you've got a long way to go you know.”
"Doc, he had charisma about him, he had a lot of skill you know. Don't get me wrong, I won't say the same calibre as Teenage [Dladla] or Ace Ntsoelengoe, don't get me wrong, but he had a lot of skill,” concluded the now SAFA Technical Director.
Meanwhile, Baccus will be in Cape Town this weekend. Chiefs visit City for Saturday's last 16 Telkom Knockout game at 15:00.
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