Neil Tovey suf­fers heart at­tack

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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

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