The AFCON 1996 winning captain presented the book’s launch in Johannesburg yesterday, with ex-teammate guests such as Shaun Bartlett in attendance.
Asked about the darkest moment of his career when he was dropped from the SA team for the 1998 AFCON and again for the FIFA World Cup in the same year, Tovey jokingly said he would never have scored two own goals like his replacement Pierre Issa had done in France.
“Look‚ I had a really great career. And qualifying for the World Cup‚ yes‚ it would have been really great to go there‚” Tovey said.
“I was 36 at the time. And I still maintain I was as fit as anyone in our team.
“And I certainly wouldn’t have scored two own goals at the World Cup.
“Certainly‚ I have never scored an own goal in my life‚ so I couldn’t have scored two in one particular match.
Bafana Bafana in 1998.
“It was a disappointment because I would have loved to have been there. But that’s how life is – you’ve got to pick yourself up and go from there,” Tovey told Times Live.
Now Bafana Bafana’s Technical Director, the Durbanite is hard to at work ahead of the AFCON 2019 in June.