Neil Tovey

Johannesburg - Football legend Neil Tovey’s health has improved slightly after he suffered a heart attack while training on Sunday.

The former Bafana Bafana captain and South African Football Association (Safa) technical director was taken to a Durban hospital. His condition was said to be critical.

On Monday, Tovey’s brother Mark said his condition remained largely unchanged.

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

The doctors had worked around the clock to stabilise Tovey, he added.

Last year, the footballer suffered a triple heart attack while playing squash.

Safa chief executive Dennis Mumble, who visited Tovey on Monday, urged South Africans to pray for the former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana defender.

Tovey remains an iconic figure for leading South Africa to the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations title, the country’s main continental accolade.

Messages of support from sports personalities and fans continued to flood social media on Monday.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula tweeted: “A speedy recovery wish to #NeilTovey. You are in our prayers and hopes for best.”

Rugby legend Joel Stransky said: “Thoughts and prayers with Neil Tovey tonight! Hang in there buddy and speedy recovery!!!”

ACDP president Reverend Kenneth Meshoe said: “I was shocked to learn that Neil is in a critical condition after suffering a heart attack yesterday. (We) wish the former Bafana Bafana captain a speedy recovery.

“We will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.”