South African football legend in critical condition after heart attack

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Former South African football captain Neil Tovey has been admitted to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack while training on Sunday afternoon.

The 54-year-old South African Football Association technical director and who is the only white man to captain a Africa Cup of Nations-winning team has however been taken off life support equipment.

He collapsed while training for a charity cycle race set for next month. This is the second heart attack Tovey has suffered inside two years.

In February 2015 he suffered an attack while playing a game of squash with his wife near his home in Umhlanga, on the outskirt of Durban. But he made a speedy recovery.

Tovey was taken off the life support system by doctors on Monday morning but there was no immediate improvement on his condition, the South African Football Association spokesman Dominic Chimhavi said on Monday afternoon.

Sias du Plessis has an update from Johannesburg.

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