Orlando Pirates legend unhappy with how the team is playing

Orlando Pirates legend is unhappy with how the team has been doing in the past 3 seasons. Fish is disappointed with the current Pirates team for failing to win a single trophy in their last 3 seasons as he believes it is not normal for a big team like Pirates to go a number of seasons without winning trophies. Micho and his players are ailing the team again after Muhsin ertugral and Kjell Jonevret.

Mark Anthony Fish is one of the former South African footballers who played the game in the highest level during his playing days. He is one of the few former South African football players who managed to win both the CAF Champions League, Super Cup and the AFCON in 1995 and 1996. Mark also played in Europe and paved the way for South African players in Europe.

Mark was introduced to South African football by none other than Ephraim Jomo Sono. He started his football at Jomo Cosmos and later on joined Orlando Pirates Football Club. While playing for Cosmos, Mark was used as a striker and only converted to a defender when Jomo realized his special abilities in defense.

During his playing days he used to defend well and involved himself in attack when his team is in possession of the ball. Mark is famously known for playing a long ball to Jerry Sikhosana which saw Sikhosana scoring a famous goal when Pirates defeated Asec Mimosa in Abidjan during the 1995 CAF Champions League final on which the first leg was played to a 2 all draw in Johannesburg and the media has already written off Pirates’ chances of winning the trophy.

The following year saw Mark being selected to play in the 1996 AFCON which was hosted by South Africa. He played all Bafana Bafana games in the tournament and also scored a single goal. He partnered the late Sizwe Motaung, David Nyathi and Neil Tovey at the back for Bafana Bafana and they ended the tournament as winners. Since then no other Bafana Bafana team won the tournament which makes the class of 96 the best ever under Clive Barker assisted by Phil Jones Setshedi.

The 2 famous wins paved the way for Mark Fish and other Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates stars to attract a lot of interest from European teams. Mark first joined a team named Lazio which was playing in Serie A Italian League and played one season before moving to England for Bolton Wanderers which was campaigning in the English Premiership. He played for 3 years at Bolton and the moved to Charlton Athletic which was also playing in the English Premiership where he played for 5 years.

In 2005 his playing days were starting to be numbered when Charlton loaned him the English Championship side Ipswich Town. The English Championship League is much like the South African National First Division (NFD).  He played in the Championship for 2 years and his contract with Charlton was never renewed and the loan spell with Ipswich ended on which he returned to South Africa in 2007 and played for his former team Jomo Cosmos for 4 years until 2011 when he retired.

His Bafana Bafana career lasted for 11 years and was one of the key players for the national team. He recently encountered financial problems and was at one stage not in good health as he had no money to take care of himself. His wife also divorced him due to financial difficulties and that played a role in his life problems which affected him badly. He is now trying very hard and getting support from all spheres of South African football.

Mark is now working as a football analyst for pay TV SuperSport United where he works on a part time basis with the likes of former teammate Jerry Sikhosana.

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