When it comes to the big sports stars in South African soccer, it is the names of players such as Mark Fish, Quinton Fortune and Neil Tovey that dominates. Football or called soccer in the country is one of the most supported sports, and thousands attend matches.
He is one of the few ex Bafana Bafana soccer players to never applied his talents in South Africa. Quinton Fortune moved very early in his football career to Europe to pursue an English Premier League career. He was snapped up during his senior career by the Red Devils when he was in Spain in 1999. Fortune was at the Old Trafford for over seven years and in that time played for the side of Sir Alex Ferguson more than 126 times. Quinton became famed for his exceptional control of the midfield as well as his defensive cover. Wanderers made the move to Bolten after he left the USA team and while he did struggle to make an impact, he decided at Doncaster Rovers. to end his long and impressive year at the end of 2009.
Mark Fish Loved by South African Crowds
The South African football player that is the most recognised is Mark Fish. He made a name for himself with Charlton Athletic as well as Bolton Wanderers and also made more than two-hundred appearances in the English Premier League. He is known as the no-nonsense defender, loved by England due to his commitment as well as excellent defensive skills.
Mark Fish was the players ready, eager and able to put South African soccer on the map during his peak time. He started his soccer career with Orlando Pirates and Jomo Cosmos. He then moved to Lazio before he accepted the invitation of the English team, moved and enjoyed more than eight years of tremendous success in football.
After he made over 62 appearances for the South African team Bafana Bafana, Mark Fish’s attitude towards soccer also filtered into his successful international career. Fish first was a member of the 1996 Africa Cup Nations team and in 1998, played in France in the World Cup and in 2004 he played in the World Cup against Ghana.
Neil Tovey South African Central Defender
The soccer players that is an iconic soccer player in South Africa is Neil Tovey. He is most victorious for his success during the Africa Cup of Nation in 1996, due to his way of inspiring the team and ability to lead the team. Neil Tovey remains a strong character, and as the central defender, is admired for his can-do attitude, and his commitment to the Bafana Bafana team earned him the name Mokoko. A direct translation of the word means rooster. Neil Tovey appeared more than 52 times as part of the Bafana Bafana team, and even though he never scored a goal, he remains one of the most popular players celebrated by all South Africans.