DURBAN — Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey is in intensive care in a Durban hospital after suffering three heart-attacks on Tuesday morning.
Tovey is the second former national team star battling for his life after long-time teammate John “Shoes” Moshoeu was listed as in critical condition in a Gauteng hospital.
Exact details of Tovey’s condition are not known, but he faces a long road to recovery after having to be repeatedly resuscitated this morning.
Like Moshoeu, Tovey (52), was a long-time servant of Kaizer Chiefs, but will perhaps best be remembered standing on the podium with former State president Nelson Mandela as he held the 1996 African Nations Cup trophy aloft as captain of the side.
Tovey led South Africa in 29 internationals and was skipper of Chiefs, with whom he won numerous league and cup titles.
He started his career with Durban City and later played for AmaZulu, initially as a hard-tackling midfielder before converting to defensive sweeper.
It was claimed on social media on Tuesday that Moshoeu had died, but this was refuted by player agent Glyn Binkin, who tweeted later on: “Good to see Shoes Moshoeu smiling with family and friends at the hospital. Wishing him a speedy recovery. Onwards and upwards!!”