Absa Premiership

Tovey: My SAFA role is possibly over

2016-11-11 14:20
Neil Tovey (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - South African soccer legend Neil Tovey said that despite his daily recovery since suffering a heart attack, he might retire from his job as South African Football Association (SAFA) technical director.

Tovey went into cardiac arrest in October when he had been training and was deemed to be in critical as doctors battled to stabilise him.

The 54-year-old told EWN Sport that he is still recuperating at home after having spent seven days in a Durban hospital.

“It’s been three weeks since the incident so every day has been advancement. I’m just taking it day-by-day.

“I do at times feel tired... I've just got to take one step at a time.

"My SAFA career is possibly over and certain training that we do, I won’t be able to do that anymore. I’ll still be able to exercise, but not at that high capacity that I have done all my life," said Tovey.

The former Bafana Bafana skipper remains positive saying that he needs to get on with his life and enjoy it while he still can.

"I believe there's still some things I've got to do on this earth and that's why I was kept here, and there's somebody out there far worse than I am so you can't sit around and feel sorry for oneself," he ended.

Tovey 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 made 52 appearances for Bafana Bafana, captaining the national side on 29 occasions.

LISTEN to full interview from EWN Sport

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