Former captain Neil Tovey named as SA's technical director

Neil Tovey
Neil Tovey

The Africa Cup of Nations winning captain Neil Tovey has been appointed as South Africa's new technical director, the South Africa Football Association (Safa) announced on Saturday.

The 52-year-old, who has been working as a television pundit and part-time coach, is expected to develop young talent and create a uniform playing style for national teams.

Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba will continue as the current coach of South Africa's national team.

Safa told BBC Sport that Tovey's appointment is separate to the coaching role, and does not affect Mashaba's position.

In announcing the news, the national body said that Tovey's connection with South Africa makes it a good appointment.

"Neil understands the South African football culture and has a successful track record."

Tovey skippered Bafana Bafana to a 2-0 triumph over Tunisia in the 1996 Cup of Nations final in Soweto, watched by a capacity 80,000 crowd that included then President Nelson Mandela.

His 52-cap international career ended a year later after a poor performance in a World Cup qualifying defeat away to Congo in Brazzaville.

Pretoria-born Tovey spent 10 years playing for Kaizer Chiefs.

The highlight of his coaching career was guiding Mamelodi Sundowns to the South African Premiership title.

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