Born 2 July 1962, in Pretoria. Tovey attended Northlands High School achieving Natal provincial colours in cricket, hockey, football, softball and baseball. Tovey however, furthered his professional sporting career in soccer and is regarded by many as one of the greatest footballing icons in South Africa’s soccer history. Tovey captained South Africa in the 1996 African Cup of Nations victory. He has played 52 international games and captained South Africa 29 times. Domestically he played no fewer than 634 times (the most by any footballer in the PSL) during his 20-year career.
He spent 10 years of his soccer career at Kaizer Chiefs and ultimately retired at the club. Tovey also played for the likes of AmaZulu (5 years) and Durban City (5 years). After retiring from play, Tovey remained within football structures and passed his UEFA A License with the highest marks produced by the course.
Tovey’s successes as coach include winning the Rothmans Cup (3 times), Castle League (2 times), Telkom Charity Cup and COSAFA Cup winner (women’s national team). Tovey has coached teams to the level of Bob Save Super Bowl Finalist, MTN 8 Semi-finalist and Nedbank Cup Finalist.
Additional achievements include assisting Sundowns qualify for the African Champions League, saving Hellenic FC from relegation and coaching the National Women’s U20 team for qualification into the 2002 World Youth Championships.
Tovey currently is a SAFA technical director.