Neil Tovey suffers heart attack
FORMER Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs captain Neil Tovey suffered a heart attack in Durban on Sunday, his brother said.
“Neil suffered a heart attack while training this afternoon and was rushed to hospital,” former professional footballer Mark Tovey told reporters.
“We are waiting for a report from the doctor and the next few hours are going to be critical,” his brother added.
Tovey led hosts South Africa to a 2-0 triumph over Tunisia in the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations final before a capacity 80 000 crowd in Soweto that included then state president Nelson Mandela.
Debutants Bafana conceded only two goals in six matches en route to glory and calm, authoritative central defender Tovey received much of the credit.
Tovey was dropped from the national team after a shock 1998 World Cup qualifying defeat in Congo Brazzaville and never regained his place. He spent most of his club career with Chiefs. Now 54, Tovey was appointed national technical director last year and tasked with developing young talent, an area of the game neglected for many years by South Africa.
He was reportedly hospitalised over heart trouble a few months before his appointment. — AFP
Controversial new-boys RB Leipzig are up to third in the Bundesliga after claiming another big-name scalp in Germany’s top flight with a 1-0 win at VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.
Bayern remain two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga despite their 2-2 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, which left the defending champions winless in their last three matches.
French striker Anthony Modeste scored both goals in the first-half including a converted penalty in a 2-1 win at Ingolstadt, for whom Lukas Hinterseer netted a late penalty. The result saw Ingolstadt drop to the bottom of the table, replacing Hamburg, who picked up a point in a goalless draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
On Friday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a penalty and hit the bar before scoring to earn fourthplaced Borussia Dortmund a 1-1 home draw against thirdplaced Hertha Berlin as both sides ended with 10 men.
GOMIS INSPIRES MARSEILLE, PSG WIN Marseille prepared for a new US-owned era by squeezing past Metz 1-0 on Sunday thanks to Bafetimbi Gomis’s first-half goal. In the last match of the Louis-Dreyfus era, under-performing Marseille gave their long-suffering fans some rare cheer in a miserable season that regardless sees them sit 12th in Ligue 1.
Gomis netted his sixth of the season to give American owner Frank McCourt some hope ahead of the first match under his tenure, due on next Sunday when champions Paris Saint-Germain will provide a daunting test.
In the day’s other games, Saint Etienne had a somewhat generously-awarded penalty deep into stoppage time to thank for rescuing a point at home to lowly Dijon. Nolan Roux converted from the spot to cancel out Pierre LessMelou’s 22nd minute opener.
Nice went four points clear at the top with a 2-0 win over Lyon on Friday night as Monaco lost 3-1 at fourth-placed Toulouse.
PSG moved above Monaco on goal difference with a 2-1 win at Nancy on Saturday thanks to early goals from Lucas Moura and Edinson Cavani. — SuperSport