Best Footballes’ Ever In South Africa


Selected in a random order we begin with Quinton Fortune. Fortune is one of the few past Bafana Bafana players to have never plied his trade in South Africa, as he moved to Europe at an early age to pursue a career in the English Premier League. The former Manchester United midfielder began his senior career in Spain, before being snapped up by the Red Devils in 1999.

Seven years at Old Trafford saw Fortune play 126 times for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. He became known for his ability to control the midfield and provide defensive cover in the middle of the park, despite initially being bought for his attacking capabilities down the left flank. After falling out of favour at United, Fortune moved to Bolton Wanderers but struggled to make an impact. He ended his career at Doncaster Rovers in 2009.

Fortune made 53 appearances for the South African national team and was a vital cog in the midfield during the 1998 and 2002 World Cup campaigns. His nine year international career was ended in 2005. Fortune scored two goals in a Bafana Bafana shirt and will always be remembered for netting a dramatic 91st minute equaliser against Paraguay during the 2002 World Cup group stages.

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