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Former South Africa captain Neil Tovey suffers heart attack at training session

Neil Tovey and Nelson Mandela
Neil Tovey captained South Africa to the 1996 African Nations Cup.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has said that former captain Neil Tovey is in critical condition in hospital after having a heart attack on Sunday, his second in two years.

Tovey, who captained the country to victory at the 1996 African Nations Cup, suffered the heart attack at a training session on Sunday, the association said.

The SAFA quoted his brother Mark as saying he had been rushed to hospital and doctors were battling to stabilise him.

He said: “There is a slight improvement from yesterday’s situation but Neil remains in critical condition and I ask all South Africans to keep Neil in their daily prayers.

“The doctors have been working round the clock, and we hope for the best.”

Tovey, the 54-year-old technical director at the South African Football Association, had been hospitalised in February 2015 after suffering a series of heart attacks.

SAFA CEO Dennis Mumble urged South Africans “to pray for the country’s football legend at this critical time.”

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