|Donaldson CC: Tovey first footballer in Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge|
Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey will be the first football star to make an appearance in the Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge at round three of the South African "Donaldson Cross Country Championship", the "Nkomazi 450" in Malalane, on May 16 and 17.
Tovey will navigate for Terence Marsh in the Regent Racing Nissan Navara running in Class T of the Production Vehicle category. Former Springbok rugby star Stefan Terblanche, who has made two Celebrity Challenge appearances, put forward Tovey’s name and the soccer icon will follow television personality and former Springbok rugby legend AJ Venter in competing in this year’s challenge.
Tovey, born in Pretoria and educated at Northlands High School in Durban, was an all-around sportsman and excelled at cricket, soccer, hockey, baseball and softball. He was eyeing a medical career when soccer got the better of him and he signed professional forms for Durban City in 1981.
Over the next two decades Tovey, a central defender, also played for Amazulu and Kaizer Chiefs where he spent nine years. Tovey played 52 times for Bafana Bafana – without scoring a goal - and together with coach Clive Barker led South Africa to victory in the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations.
After his playing career Tovey coached teams like Mamelodi Sundowns, Amazulu, Hellenic, Black Aces and Royal Thanda Zulu. As a pundit and commentator, Tovey continues to play a major role in South African football.
"Neil is one of the great South African soccer players of all time, and we were delighted when he accepted our invitation to compete in the Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge," said Regent Racing team principal Terence Marsh. "Since the concept was introduced in the 2012 season, the celebrities have elevated the status of cross country racing and helped in spreading our message to a wider audience."
"Neil will also be the guest speaker at the prize-giving, and his success on and off the field makes him a true role model for any young sportsmen and sportswomen."
Marsh and Venter finished eighth overall on the recent Toyota Dealer 450 in Mooi River, round two of the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, and the Regent Racing team will be looking for a similar result on the Nkomazi 450. The race will be based in Malalane, in Mpumalanga, with race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service park all located at the Riverview Preparatory School on the outskirts of the town.
Public access to race headquarters and viewing points along the route will be free of charge, with spectator guides available at the school and Malalane Toyota. The qualifying race to determine start position will start at 11:30 on Friday, May 16 and the race at 8:30 on Saturday, May 17.
2014/04/19 | 15:09 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FORTUNE