Doctors have been on their toes, fighting to stabilize the health of former Bafana Bafana captain and South African Football Association (Safa) Technical Director Neil Tovey.
Tovey is presently in a critical condition after suffering a heart attack while training on Sunday.
The news broke out via a media statement released by Safa Head of Communications Dominic Chimhavi on Sunday night. The statement reported that Neil’s brother, Mark Tovey confirmed the incident, saying that the former Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu player was in a critical condition and doctors were battling to save his life.
“He suffered a heart attack while training this afternoon and was rushed to hospital. We await the doctor’s report and the next few hours are going to be critical,” said Mark Tovey.
Tovey, 54 and African Nations Cup-winning captain suffered the heart attack while in training back home in Durban. The unfortunate incident happened on Sunday afternoon after which he was rushed to a hospital in Hillcrest.
Shocked upon hearing about the incident, SAFA President Dr. Danny Jordaan wished Tovey a speedy recovery, believing he will fight his way through it.
“We trust he will pass through this challenge,” Jordaan said.
Apparently, the former soccer player is no stranger to heart attacks. Tovey suffered a first heart attack in February last year and managed to survive it. Let’s pray he pulls out of this one unscathed.
Tovey was appointed Safa Technical Director in June last year and also works as an analyst for pay channel Supersport.
During his days of glory, Neil Tovey led his team to a 2-0 win over Tunisia in the 1996 final in Soweto. The match was watched by over 80,000 people, including then-President Nelson Mandela.
He was also the only white man to captain an Africa Cup of Nations-winning team.