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We can handle the challenge - Tovey 25/08/04

Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Neil Tovey is confident that his team of stars can handle the mental pressure they will face this season.

He has conceded that the other PSL sides are likely to raise their game against the Brazilians, who have assembled a squad of superstars much in the same way that Real Madrid and Chelsea have done in recent times.

But Tovey is confident that the players will not let the pressure get to them.

"We have a bunch of very good professionals," Tovey told the Cape Times. "They know we will be the team everybody will want to beat.

"But we've spoken about it at length and the boys know they will also have to deal with the mental aspect of the challenge. I can see all teams raising their game when they play us. 

"But all of this goes with the territory. When a club spends lots of money on new players the team gets tagged and the pressure increases."

Zimbabwe international Peter Ndlovu is one player that is set to receive even more attention than the other Sundowns signings after he snubbed a move to Kaizer Chiefs in favour of Patrice Motsepe's club, however, Tovey thinks that the former Sheffield United striker will just get on with the job at hand.

"Peter's a thorough professional. He's been through all of this at the highest level of the game. I can't see him being too fazed by what's in the media. He's here to get goals and I'm sure he'll be keen to get on with the job (tonight)," said Tovey.

Ndlovu and his team-mates face their first competitive test when they clash with Santos in a Castle Premiership match at the Athlone Stadium tonight.

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