South African Football Coach and Former player.


Neil Tovey played professional football in South Africa for 20 years, holding the record for the most club appearances for the National Soccer League before it became the Premier Soccer League. The clubs he played for included Durban City, Amazulu and 10 years with Kaizer Chiefs.

Neil was the 1st captain when South Africa were re-admitted into international football in 1991.  He went on to captain South Africa 29 timesand has 52 international caps.

After retiring from active football, he commenced a career in coaching which included AmaZulu, Hellenic and Mamelodi Sundowns.  He was joint coach at Mamelodi Sundowns when they won the 2005/6 League Title. During the 2009/10 Premier League season, Neil coached Amazulu to 2 semi-finals and to their 1st Cup-final in 18 years.

Past Occupation :  SAFA Technical Director, SAB Castle League Ambassador / Supersport Football Analyst / Motivational Speaker

SAB League Superstars Ambassador – I identified 23 players between the age of 18 – 21 from the 30 000 that play in the 4th tier of South African football, coached them the professional way in a 2 week camp, for them to be identified by Professional teams which changed some of their lives forever.

Supersport Football Analyst/ Co-commentator – International Tournaments and PSL Football. 


CLUBS                                    YEAR                         APPEARANCES     GOALS

Durban City                             1981 – 1985                            176                  17

Amazulu                                  1986 – 1989                             117                  14

Kaizer Chiefs                          1990 – 1999                             341                  27

TOTAL                                                                                   634                  58

NSL APPEARANCE RECORD: Holds the record for the highest number of appearances within the National Soccer League – never to be broken with the formation of the Premier Soccer League

NATIONAL HONOURS: In 1992 joined the national squad and made captain.  Went on to play 52 international games of which he captained 29.

INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: Captaining the team when South Africa won the African Cup of Nations in 1996. Played a major role in South Africa qualifying for the 1998 World Cup.

OVERVIEW of Speaking Points

  1. Compare the likeness of a successful football team to that of a successful business.
  2. Discuss the initial journey of disappointment of Bafana from 1992 -1994.
  3. Discuss the winning mentality of Bafana’s 1996 Afcon team.
  4. Di-sect the word SUCCESS into various forms of what is needed to be done to become a winner.

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