South-Africa

Tovey still basking in recognition

2018-05-06 09:30
Neil Tovey (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey is still on cloud nine, a week after being honoured by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The Safa technical director – who suffered a heart attack in 2016 – was one of a few sports personalities to be conferred with the Order of Ikhamanga, which recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

The National Order is the highest award the country bestows on people who have contributed to the advancement of democracy and have made a positive impact on the lives of South Africans.

The former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs captain was bestowed with the Order in Silver, together with Hashim Amla (cricket), Eric Risimati Baloyi (boxing), Elana Meyer (athletics) and John Smit (rugby).

“It doesn’t change me as a person but I feel very honoured,” said the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations-winning captain.

However, he, said he would not have been recognised had it not been for the role played by his former team-mates.

“I didn’t do it alone, many people played a role in our achievement. It was also for my contribution to football in general after 1996.”

He said it was “nice to be recognised for the work you do while you are still alive”.

“It happens to a select few and I am very fortunate to have been considered. Before the event, I didn’t really understand and know what it meant.

“It was only when I got there and saw the calibre of people chosen that I realised the magnitude of the event.”

He said the award meant the world to him and he would not swap it for anything.

“This is the highest honour for me because it does not happen often that you are recognised by your government. I have achieved success in football, but to receive this honour from the president is very hearty for me.”

He said the award would motivate him to work even harder to improve the standard of South African football.

The technical director said he was busy with provincial technical offices.

“It is a huge programme. We are done with the planning phase and now we are implementing the programme. It is part of Safa’s Vision 2022 and I am excited about this project.”

Read more on:    neil tovey  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

Latest blogs
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.