Manchester United Former Starlet Spotted At Bafana Bafana
The Role of Quinton Fortune at Bafana Bafana could be long term, depending on his ongoing talks with the SA Football Association. Fortune, a Bafana legend, joined the team at training at FNB Stadium yesterday as they prepare for the upcoming African Nations Championships (Chan) qualifier against Zambia on Saturday. He is likely to travel with the team to Ndola, where Bafana are set to face Chipolopolo in their Chan third round qualifier return match.
It’s unclear, however, whether he will be attending as a spectator or as an assistant to coach Thabo Senong, who will guide Bafana in the absence of head coach Stuart Baxter. Baxter was quite vague on the exact role Fortune will be performing in the next few weeks with Bafana – safe to say it’s a temporary role for now.
“Quinton has been one of the candidates we’ve been looking at for the assistant coach position. And because he is abroad we are looking at a scenario where he could look at the overseas-based players and have a 50/50 role.” Baxter confirmed Safa was also looking at other candidates, but indicated Fortune could have an advantage.
“We got a few other names we are whittling through. They are not as straightforward as Quinton’s case. He is not attached to anybody and so I would imagine this process would be quite quick. “He will be based overseas, but he is open to both. We are thinking about what is best for us and how we can get the best value in the end.
“We are contemplating whether he should go to Zambia as well. We will decide this evening (last night) if he should go with Thabo as some kind of an assistant or a spectator, just to see how we do things.”
Fortune, who has Uefa coaching badges, has been quite vocal about the poor state of the senior national team, questioning players’ desire to make the team great. Meanwhile, Bruce Bvuma said Bafana would need to concentrate for the entire match and not concede goals like they did in the first leg.