On this Throwback Thursday, Briefly.co.za celebrates one of the most accomplished defenders ever to grace the South African soccer pitches - the legendary Neil Tovey.
Neil Robert Tovey was born in Pretoria on 2 July 1962, but was raised in Durban.
After toying with the idea of becoming a doctor, Tovey decided to take up football and was coached at junior level by legendary Bafana Bafana mentor Clive Barker.
Tovey's debut professional season took place in 1981 for Durban City.
Under the guidance of Barker, he won the NPSL title in 1982 and 1983.
Tovey amassed 174 appearances for City and Briefly.co.za learnt that he holds the record for most appearances in the NSL.
The centre-back then moved to AmaZulu in 1986 and racked up 117 appearances over three seasons.
One of the highlights at AmaZulu was when he scored to inflict a record 5-1 defeat over Kaizer Chiefs.
Ironically, he then transferred to Chiefs in 1990 and this is where he started to really make a name for himself.
All in all, Tovey accrued 362 matches over a nine-year period at the Amakhosi.
He was awarded the captain's armband in 1992 and racked up various records while at Chiefs.
Tovey also became a stalwart for Bafana Bafana and captained the national team on 29 occasions.
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