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Ex-Bafana captain Neil Tovey: 'Madiba was in contact with me throughout AFCON 1996'

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Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey lifts the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 1996 after President Nelson Mandela presented it to him. (Gallo Images)
Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey lifts the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 1996 after President Nelson Mandela presented it to him. (Gallo Images)

The 1995 Rugby World Cup final was a remarkable feat for the Springboks to pull off, just three years after being back on the international scene following readmission in 1992.

Two years after our return to international sport, South Africa celebrated democracy in 1994 as they voted in its first-ever black president - the adored father of the nation Nelson "Madiba" Mandela.  

The country not only began to gain global recognition through Madiba's "Rainbow Nation", but also our sporting prowess.

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