How legendary Neil Tovey inherited famous Kaizer Chiefs number 9 jersey

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CB: Neil Tovey
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Club legend Neil Tovey has revealed how he inherited the famous Kaizer Chiefs number 9 jersey despite arriving at the Soweto giants as a defensive player.

Tovey is regarded as one of the club's greatest players and defenders while going on to lift the Africa Nations Cup with Bafana Bafana in 1996.

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'Mokoko' began his Chiefs career as a defensive-midfielder before eventually switching to centre-back after joining from AmaZulu in the late nineties.

"When I was playing at AmaZulu, I was number 6, and when I played for Chiefs every person had their specific numbers," Tovey tells KickOff.

"It depends on who is playing every match, it didn't depend on who is playing in a match no, everybody had his own jersey number.

"At AmaZulu it was like that, but number 6 was available. When I went to Chiefs number 6 wasn't available.

"Johannes Molatedi wore number 6, Mike Mangena wore number 9 but had just left the year before.

"He left, so the number 9 was available. so, when it came to the national team as well I took number 9.

"In the national team, Philemon Masinga wore number 6, so I wore 9."

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