Quinton Fortune

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Belgian Club : AFC Tubize – 9 games, 0 goals

Previous Clubs : Real Mallorca (SPA), Atletico Madrid (SPA), Manchester United (ENG), Bolton Wanderers (ENG), Brescia (ITA)

Later Clubs : Doncaster Rovers (ENG)

International : 46 A-caps South-Africa

When the news broke that Tubize had signed Quinton Fortune, an important part of the Belgian football journalists went insane: Quinton Fortune? The former star of Manchester United would now, still only 31, prefer our little League?
They probably would have reacted differently with a little bit of research. When Sir Alec Ferguson bought Fortune in 1999 from Atletico he was supposed to become the back-up for Ryan Giggs. It soon became clear that was too tall an order and as a result Fortune was used sparingly as a defender: 76 League games in 7 seasons are not exactly superstar numbers, and when he was let go in 2006 it went from bad to worse with the sympathetic South African.
He only played 6 matches for Bolton Wanderers and was cut loose again. Trials at Blackburn, Sunderland and Sheffield United failed and he would eventually end up at Brescia in Serie B where he, only a year later and with barely 1 game played, did not get a contract extension.
The solution would have to come from Tubize. Fortune would strengthen the substandard defense of the Song et Or with his skill and attitude.
It didn’t go exactly as planned: at his debut against KV Mechelen Fortune picked up a second yellow in the 70th minute and Tubize lost 1-5. With Fortune suspended Tubize went on to lose 4-0 against Standard and when he returned to the team he was, due to some poor defending, largely responsible for the heavy 0-6 home defeat against Zulte-Waregem.
The important next game against fellow relegation candidate FC Dender was lost with 4-0 and in the aftermath Fortune, who never really seemed to be physically ready, was left out of the team for most of the remainder of the season.
His last games the Bafana Bafana would play in the 2009-2010 season when he would have 6 appearances for Doncaster Rovers in the Championship.