Cape Town - South African legend Neil Tovey left hospital on Sunday a week after
suffering a heart attack, the national football association said.
only white to captain an Africa Cup of Nations-winning team collapsed
last Sunday in Durban while training for a charity
It was the second health scare for the 54-year-old after suffering cardiac arrest last year while playing squash.
skippered hosts South Africa to the 1996 Cup of Nations title, with the
2-0 final victory over Tunisia watched by an 80 000 crowd that included
then state president Nelson Mandela.
He represented Bafana Bafana 52 times, 29 as captain.
centre-back spent most of his playing career with Kaizer Chiefs.
later coached several top-flight sides, steered Mamelodi Sundowns to the
2005/06 league title, and is now the national technical director of
Tovey, 54, was released on Sunday, with Bafana Bafana and SAFA confirming the news via social media.
His brother Mark Tovey had told SAFA’s official website on Saturday:
"He underwent blood tests this morning (Saturday) for doctors to determine his progress. He took a shower and had a short walk.
“The doctors have confirmed that he will be discharged either Sunday or Monday and that is a huge relief for the entire family. This is an incredible story and once again I would like to thank all South Africans for their prayers; this has been like a miracle," said Mark Tovey.