Ail­ing Tovey on the mend

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Safa tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Neil Tovey, who suf­fered a heart at­tack last month, has thanked South Africans from all walks of life for “the out­pour­ing of sup­port” he has re­ceived.

Tovey con­veyed this mes­sage through Safa pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan, who vis­ited him at his home in Mount Edge­combe, Dur­ban, on Wed­nes­day.

Jor­daan was ac­com­pa­nied by a del­e­ga­tion from Safa’s KwaZulu-Na­tal re­gion.

Jor­daan’s spokesper­son Do­minic Chimhavi said the Safa pres­i­dent had been “pleas­antly sur­prised by such a good and sud­den turn of events af­ter the ini­tial fear”.

Jor­daan had “wit­nessed a mir­a­cle in mo­tion on Wed­nes­day. Tovey can now walk freely, talk freely, and looks in great shape for some­one who suf­fered such a dev­as­tat­ing or­deal”.

Tovey’s heart at­tack was the third in the space of lit­tle more than a year. The for­mer Bafana Bafana skip­per had two heart at­tacks in February last year.

“We had tea with Tovey and his wife Michelle. We walked around the yard, and shared light mo­ments for hours,” Jor­daan said.

Chimhavi said that in the ab­sence of Tovey, who had been asked to “take it as easy as he can”, deputy tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Fran Hil­tonSmith was in charge.

The spokesper­son said: “Tovey has put most of the mech­a­nisms in place that would see us through the rest of 2016. Hil­ton-Smith will fill in when­ever there is a gap.”

The spin doctor said Jor­daan had em­pha­sised to Tovey that he should not rush to go back to work un­til he had fully re­cov­ered.

He said Safa wanted to as­sure the na­tion that the “worst is be­hind us” and that Tovey was on the road to re­cov­ery.

Jor­daan said: “He is still go­ing through some re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, some­thing that is im­per­a­tive for some­one who ex­pe­ri­enced such an or­deal.

“But he should be able to re­sume du­ties some­time early next year. Tovey is a fighter and we are glad that he man­aged to once again over­come this set­back.”

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